Purgatory Online

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Bengie Molina, as a DH (2005): .563/.571/.813 (16 AB). Bengie is in his walk year, and one of the more interesting questions of the postseason will be to what extent he will accept offers from teams that primarily want him to DH, with a little catching thrown in.

Meanwhile, with various folks atwitter about how well moving Orlando Cabrera to the two slot in the lineup appears to be working over the last few days, the following bears keeping in mind:

Cabrera, batting second (2005): .214/.333/.286 (28 AB)
Cabrera, batting eighth (2005): .292/.327/.385 (96 AB)

Cabrera's not better batting second, he's better lately:

Cabrera, 2005: .248/.303/.348
Cabrera, July 2005: .280/.333/.320
Cabrera, August 2005: .286/.444/.429

However, moving him up in the lineup does accomplish the eminently sensible aim of moving Guerrero to the cleanup spot in the order. I've blogged about this before; Guerrero's combination of hitting for average and hitting for power make the number three spot a bad place for him to hit, since that spot sees more than it's share of two-out, nobody on situations in the first inning. The end result - lots of solo homers, lots of wasted base hits. The number four hitter, meanwhile, either comes up with men on base in the first or leads off the second - both good situations to see #27 at the plate. Now if they'd only ship Cabrera to the eight slot and bat Anderson third, so that he can benefit from being protected by Guerrero (who needs less protection because he's such a good bad-ball hitter), we'd be cooking with gas.