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You need to overcome your disdain for one pitch outs. It's pathetic that we are praying to run up a pitcher's pitch count to get him out of the game instead of hoping our hitters knock him out. If the first pitch is good to drive then swing at it. It may be the only pitch you see that's good all at bat.
guthrie should have walked guz to face zimm
But the issue, sportsfan, is more that they are not hitting well the pitches they deem good enough to swing at. Now if we are saying that Lenny Harris' PH mentality has infected our lineup and has made them to swing at first pitches to their detriment then we may have a beef.
That's the thing. We are swinging at bad first pitches. If were were swinging at the first pitch and getting hits some of the time I would have no problem with it. The majority of the time we swing at the first pitch it results in an out. That's just making it too easy on the pitcher.
Harris is just obsessed with the pinch hitter's approach.
If this is the case, and I have felt this for a while, then I believe we really may have a problem. I've never been one that likes to cast blame on the coaches but I think this time it could very well be warranted. Of course that's not to let these bums with the bats off the hook
Ultimately, it is the players that make the difference. The same team with the worst manager versus the best manager likely won't see a difference of more than a ten win swing, and some believe the swing isn't even that dramatic.
Ultimately, it is the players that make the difference. The same team with the worst manager versus the best manager likely won't see a difference of more than a ten win swing, and some believe the swing isn't even that dramatic. So blaming the manager does tend to let the players off the hook. But players need coaches that can make necessary adjustments. Young players in particular need hitting and pitching coaches. Harris can't improve the talent on the team any more than St. Claire can turn a Speigner into a Maddux. But I wouldn't want to see our young pitchers have to go through struggles without Randy there to remind them of things or help clear up their mechanics.
Yeah Guz!Let's hope that's all the run support Lannan needs...
You are completely right. Milledge needs major help and aid with his swing and approach right now and there is no one there to help him.
When reporters arrived in the Nationals' locker room around 10:20 a.m. ET on Sunday, right fielder Austin Kearns was in the starting lineup. But 30 minutes later, Kearns was scratched and Elijah Dukes was inserted.Washington manager Manny Acta wouldn't say why he made the lineup change, but it was learned that Kearns has a right elbow injury. The severity of the injury and how long he will be out of action is unknown.Kearns is having the toughest season of his career, hitting .187 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.
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