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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-27-2007, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Second baseman do not make good centerfielders

Secondbaseman Do Not Make Good Centerfielders
by: Bstros


Kenny Lofton, Brian Hunter, and Willy Taveras are centerfielders.

Craig Biggio and Chris Burke are second basemen.

In 2003 the Astros got the bright idea of putting Biggio in centerfield so Jeff Kent could be signed. Understandable, but the experiment failed.

So, why in the world are they doing it again with Chris Burke?

Burke has no business playing centerfield. Living in the Dallas area I have not got to see all of the games. Almost every game I have seen though, Burke has given the other team some runs due to his lack of experience in centerfield. If there is any position he should be playing other than second it is shortstop and we know that is not going to happen with the defense Adam Everett provides.

Biggio is playing second until he hits number 3,000 and that is understandable. After that, Phil Garner and Tim Purpura need to sit down and make it where Biggio plays on days when Burke and Mark Loretta need rest. That's right, I said it, I think Biggio needs to be third on the depth chart playing second. I love Biggio and I think he deserves the right to get to 3,000 after that, I am ready for my Astros to win, aren't you?

While on the quest to hit 3,000 Biggio should not be hitting in the leadoff spot. A leadoff hitters job is to get on base. He is swinging at anything that falls between first and third base. He has an OBP of .302 and has only walked 5 times this year. He is hurting the team hitting in the one slot. The Astros right now do not have a true leadoff hitter so until they bring up Josh Anderson, the Astros need to see about getting Mark Loretta or Mike Lamb in the lineup on a daily basis and have them hitting leadoff with their .400+ OBP.

It boils down to this, the faster Biggio hits #3,000 the quicker the Astros will be winners!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hmmm....does Purpura come to Baseball Forum???

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Now the next move the Astros need to make is bring Troy Patton or Paul Estrada up.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 01:38 AM
 
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Burke hasn't done a bad job. No doubt, he'd still be the CF had his bat kicked in. Alas, with the offensive woes we're having right now, Pence is the logical response. I'm glad he's proven to everyone who said ST numbers don't mean anything that HIS ST numbers meant something.

I wonder if the season thus far would've been less painful if Pence had been on the roster from day 1?
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I just hope Biggio can stay as strong as he is now til he gets to 3000. If he falls off more and they leave him in to reach his milestone, that could be bad.
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Don't worry about Biggio. He's good for an average of 1 hit per game up to the All-Star break. You can look at his splits for his career and see the pattern. Barring injury, he'll have 3000 by July.
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So where does Pence go in the lineup?

Do you have him hitting leadoff and drop Biggio in the order?
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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Well, what are the OBP's?
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2007, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Bstros
So where does Pence go in the lineup?

Do you have him hitting leadoff and drop Biggio in the order?
I think Pence goes in the 2 spot.

"Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything." ...~Toby Harrah, 1983
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