Lyle Overbay: Platoon Candidate

Garrett Jones is doing his job. The Pittsburgh Pirates moved Jones to right field this year, and brought in Matt Diaz to platoon with Jones, utilizing the strength and favorable platoon splits for each player.  So far this season, that is working out favorably for Jones. The left hander is batting for a .280/.393/.547 line on the season, with six homers in 75 at-bats.  That’s entirely fueled by his performance against right...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

The lone move the Pittsburgh Pirates made on day two was the signing of outfielder Matt Diaz.  The Pirates were reported to have interest in Diaz last week after he was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves.  The signing of Diaz raises an interesting question about how the Pirates will handle their starting first base and right field positions in 2011, and whether they will employ a platoon situation. Diaz is very similar to recently...

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Should Hinske Start?

Last year in just 381 at bats, Eric Hinske hit for a .247/.333/.465 line with 20 homers. The average was a little low, but the OBP was decent enough, and the power was excellent, giving Hinske a homer every 19.05 at bats. The only Pirates to top Hinske’s .798 OPS last year were Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, Ryan Doumit, Nate McLouth, and Adam LaRoche. With Bay and Nady now gone, that leaves Hinske ranked fourth when looking at the...

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