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Cards07Champs wrote:I targeted Rasmus as a 3rd OFer because I really do believe in him and knew he was undervalued.
dannahann wrote:I agree with this. That is a real risk and he'd have to recognize this and learn to serve these pitches to the opposite field to hit for a real high average. He does seem to be seeing the ball better this year, taking more walks and seeing more pitches and this is a real good sign. Rasmus seems to trust his ability a little more now, not feeling the need to over commit and start his swing too soon. Hopefully this should help him recognize pitches and location better and lessen the time it takes for him to learn to adjust to fastballs up in the zone. I also think it's likely Rasmus gets into the 2nd slot against right handed starters at some point and if so he'll see fewer pitches at the edges of the zone with albert and Matt looming. To me the real chess piece is McGwire. How effective will he be as a hitting coach? No doubt he'll recognize the league busting Rasmus hard and up but can he successfully convey a remedy to a left handed hitter with a stroke so different than his own? I think REAL NASTY leftys will always give him trouble but doesn't that apply to more than 90% of the left handed hitters in the game?
Grounded Polo wrote:Why does someone as hot as Rasmus continue to sit agaisnt lefties for guys like .056 BA Allen Craig?
AquaMan2342 wrote:Grounded Polo wrote:Why does someone as hot as Rasmus continue to sit agaisnt lefties for guys like .056 BA Allen Craig?
Why does Jim Leyland walk Ryan Garko (.000 BA) intentionally with Nelson Cruz sitting on the bench?
B-Chad wrote:Pedroia's LD rate of 20% is reason to believe he'll maintain a higher BA then Cano. It should also be noted he hits more FB's then Cano, which means that even if he posts a lower HR/FB then Cano, he should come in reasonably close to Cano in HR's
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