Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Prodigal son

Duffy is back and, the bizarre report from Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus notwithstanding, everyone is making nice now.

Batting Duffy leadoff is still a bad idea, especially when Wilson stops hitting, which should happen soon (it pains me that I can now write "Wilson" without a first name, but that's another topic). However, I'm prepared to accept the argument that defensive improvement could help pitchers like Duke and Maholm who rely more on the defense than pitchers who strike a lot of guys out. Bay-Duffy-Bautista will make more plays in the outfield than Bay-Bautista-Burnitz. There is no available solution, though, to the decreasing range around second base from Wilson and Castillo, which affects pitching success at least as much as outfield defense does.


Anonymous bucdaddy said...

Criminy, Burnitz is so bad in right. The bit of the game I saw last night, he made a leaping stab at a ball that was far over his head, and so was in no position to pick up the carom off the wall. The Braves should have scored a run on the play but McCann, I think it was, is evidently slower than most dead people.

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