What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
I'm not going to add any stats here even though there are some fairly convincing metrics that prove this point, but in just watching MY at 3rd base and this batting order without that ever so important RH power and average bat protecting those before and behind. Adrian Beltre is a difference maker. Offensively and defensively. That title could go to Kinsler if he was hitting more than just slightly above the Mendoza line with RISP. It could go to Hamilton if he could hit under anything but stadium lights. It could go to Young if he wasn't such a defensive liability. The guy that does it both is Beltre and the "swagger" this team can have and should get back middle of august is solely brought by him. Please come back sooner than later.
we're definately feeling his absence on the field and in the lineup. I would second Harrison 2.0 (yes my undying love and affection continues) as Honorable mention. Whenever we're starting a losing series or need a big win to get us back into the groove of things....He comes through. Granted I probably just jinxed the hell out of him and he'll give up 11 runs in the 1st inning tonight :(
I agree. Beltre has been the best, most consistent all-around player on the team from game 1. Without him, the teams suffers significantly both offensively and defensively. With him, the offense is potent and dynamic up and down the lineup....without him, we have a guy with 9 HRs in 430 ABs batting cleanup. Don't tell me that doesn't have ripple effects up and down the lineup.
Defensively, you go from gold-glove caliber to hide-your-eyes and cross-your-fingers. The drop-offs are very noticeable. As you stated...please come back soon!
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