Comments on: First Pitch: Who Should Bat Second? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:18:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Chris Hale http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26115 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:25:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26115 I think Tabata looks much better this season and much more prepared. I think if Hurdle would give Tabata the AB’s needed to get going he would be great in the leadoff spot or the 2nd spot. I also think Marte will get going soon. They have faced good pitching and they will get settled but I would go with this line up vs RHP
1. Tabata RF
2. Marte LF
3. Cutch CF
4. Walker 2b
5. Jones 1B
6. Alvarez 3B
7. Martin C
8. Barmes SS
vs LHP
1. Tabata Rf
2. Marte LF
3. McCutchen CF
4. Sanchez 1B
5. Walker 2B
6. Alvarez 3B
7. Martin C
8. Barmes SS

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By: Curtis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26095 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 15:39:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26095 You can’t look at one spot in a vacuum. Against RHP, I think Walker should be leading off based on his OBP and experience. That lets Marte take the #2 spot. Top it off with Cutch-Jones-Alvarez-Snider and I think you score some runs.

LHP is much more challenging for this team. I’m not a fan of Russell as #2 as I think his speed makes him ripe for too many double plays. But I don’t have a better option unless they want to try Tabata and sit Jones.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26094 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:58:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26094 This team seems to follow the leader, you have to wonder if one of them gets hot if that would ignite the rest of them, last year McCutchen got hot and the rest of the team followed him, he cooled down and the rest of the team cooled down.
Last night Alvarez struck out on an outside pitch he could not hit with a bed slat, then Jones starts swinging at pitches he could never hit, then Walker, a guy that was making good contact most of the game strikes out to end the game on a pitch he could never hit, just looked like he gave up.

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By: ianmonk http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26093 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:40:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26093 Walker has been really unlucky so far. I have always liked him batting in the 2 spot and feel its just a matter of time before he returns to his regular spot in the order. I do think if we were on and hitting the ball, Walker would be excellent in the 6 spot and could drive in 100 if given the opportunity. Also, Alex Presley had to start off hot, we have to look like we don’t know what we are doing.

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By: Dropkickmurphys http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26090 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:05:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26090 No one. Just take the automatic out and avoid any chance of a double play. Of course, I’m assuming the lead off hitter got on base.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26089 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:03:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26089 I have no clue where anyone in this lineup should bat, stats are totally useless until someone can hit a pitch right down the middle, you can move our little chess pieces around all you want, but if none of them can produce it is a waste of time.
This team could not hit in ST and they can’t hit now, but I believe they will hit somewhere around the end of April, much like they did last year. I believe that management does a very poor job of preparing these players for the season, when they can’t hit a ST fastball the first week in March, they have a long way to go and they are not going to get there playing 3-5 innings a game. Too many players had a guaranteed jobs when they got to ST, they should have taken their inability to hit in St more seriously than they were.

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By: Dom DiDominic http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26088 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 13:09:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26088 Welp,
I like Jones batting 2nd (v.rhp). There is no way Jones should hit v a lhp in a high leverage situation. Therefore, it would be tough on managers to bring in a loogy to face Jones with McCutchen behind him.
Hurdle did have options last night at the end when he could have gone to Tabata or Sanchez to PH.

On that note, Inge is looking like he will replace Harrison. Not sure I have a problem with that. Question would be, would you have rather seen Inge up last night then Harrison? I would have rather just let Barmes bat in the 8th than Harrison.

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By: weltytowngang http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26087 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 12:34:09 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26087 Line up:
1. Tabata (spelling) – when he’s on, he was best Pirates have had
2. McC- Only one who can move base tuner
3. Walker – has more success with McC in front of him and power behind
4. Jones/Sanchez – is good at # 4
5. Alvarez – is not comfortable at clean up
6. Marte – take the pressure & give him a chance
7. Barmes – some success; less chance of failure & may succeed
8. Martin – who cows?

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By: whiteAngus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26086 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 11:37:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26086 I think Walker should bat leadoff and move Marte down after Alvarez. batting 2nd??? martin maybe?
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does it matter that much whom the 2nd guy is if the leadoff guy isnt on regularly? (yeah, i know it matters. just being a $#@!)

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-who-should-bat-second.html#comment-26084 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 11:23:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=49613#comment-26084 I think I should bat second, because I have gotten almost as many hits for the Pirates from my easy chair in Tennessee. In the last 3 years Walker has batted about 1500 times with a .282 batting average He has averaged 31 doubles, 2 triples, 13 HR’s, and 73 RBI’s over that 3 year period. Can anyone remember if the Pirates have ever had a second baseman with numbers that good? How about a No. 2 hitter? Hurdle had a brain fart and screwed with a set lineup, and I am sure that has not had any negative impact on the situation.

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