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MISERABLE


Ok, this is my official first post on SSS, so I'm going to address something that has been bugging me quite a bit lately: WE CAN'T HIT WITH A RUNNER ON FIRST!!!

I'm mainly only going to mention two players. All of us have most likely been bothered by them, and both should lose their starting jobs. One to Brent Lillibridge and the other should lose theirs to Viciedo (Yes, I know he can't field but he's at least better at the plate than who he should be replacing.) One is Alex Rios, the other, Juan Pierre. If you think one of them is better than I (we) think and have seen, let me show you these stats. Alex Rios has hit into double plays in 20% of the ground balls that he has hit. he has been worth % -0.6 Wins Above a Replacement level player and considering he has an above average bat but below average glove, (Wayyyyyy below average) Dayan Viciedo is about replacement level. Brent Lillibridge's WAR this year is 1.0 in 88 at-bats.

Pierre has been better than Rios in grounding into double plays, with one in 9% of his ground balls. Before you pull out your laptops and go to Baseball America, you've got to remember that Pierre leads off, so most of his at-bats come with the bases empty, but still, he has been terrible. He has only been woth % -0.3 WAR this year.

We need production. Our lack of hitting after a solid single is what will kill us in the future. Until Ozzie quits his little love affair with Pierre's awful bunting and baserunning and actually moves him to the ninth slot where he belongs, this offense will not produce many runs.

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