Second baseman do not make good centerfielders
Secondbaseman Do Not Make Good Centerfielders
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!