Thursday, June 02, 2005

Harris sent down

I was very disappointed to find out that Brendan Harris, who hadn't been given much of a chance, but had gotten a single, a double, a homer and a hit by pitch in 10 plate appearances for a 1.178 OPS was sent down given how thin the Nats are in the infield. As the snippet link above implies, it is silly to send him down and keep Baerga up when Baerga has a .527 OPS--I'd much rather let Harris pinch hit than Baerga even if that is all they are being kept around to do.

By the way, I couldn't watch the last couple of innings last night, but looking at the play by play, I had to wonder why Guzman wasn't pinch hit for with runners on and two down in the 8th... was it because he actually managed a single so far that game?


At 4:53 PM, Blogger DM said...

If you hit for Guzman, who's gonna play shortstop? Carroll probably, but then who's gonna play 2B? Baerga? (It'd be nice to have Harris for that). Frank seems clear that it is not worth it to trade defense for offense in that case.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger dexys_midnight said...

I have simple rules...down in the 8th or 9th inning, you don't really worry about defense when you have a chance to tie/win the game. It's kind of like not using your closer in an important situation tied in the 9th--what's the point of losing the game and never getting him in?

At 5:02 PM, Blogger DM said...

No argument here. Hell, I'd risk 9 innings of weak interior defense for a better bat in the lineup.

Frank has hit for Guzman in similar situations, though. Not really sure why it didn't happen here.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Daedalus said...

It would have been nice to see him in there for a few days while Guzman got a nice long trip to the bench.


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