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35th and Shields
05-03-2013, 12:09 PM
Who's playing at thrid?

Gillaspie has showed some real promise as the 3B of the future and he should start there until he proves otherwise. I would hate to see him behind Keppinger at third once Gordon comes back. Can we just admit Dunn was a mistake and have him platoon with Keppinger? Makes our team better all around.

DumpJerry
05-03-2013, 12:15 PM
Someone else will get hurt. Welcome to 2013.

Lip Man 1
05-03-2013, 12:33 PM
Dump:

Well played sir! (and true...)

Lip

Tragg
05-03-2013, 12:40 PM
We can use Keppinger at DH; I assume he can play first too. Let's hope we actually get a little depth.

JB98
05-03-2013, 01:31 PM
I have noticed Gillaspie struggles against lefties, just as Dunn does.

So, do you platoon Keppinger with Gillaspie or Dunn?

If Beckham is healthy, you know he's going to play. Even if he bats .230, he improves the infield defense exponentially.

35th and Shields
05-03-2013, 01:44 PM
I have noticed Gillaspie struggles against lefties, just as Dunn does.

So, do you platoon Keppinger with Gillaspie or Dunn?

If Beckham is healthy, you know he's going to play. Even if he bats .230, he improves the infield defense exponentially.

I hope they do it with Dunn, though I know it won't happen.

voodoochile
05-03-2013, 05:58 PM
Dunn has actually started to hit over the last few weeks. I'd like to let him continue to play pretty regularly and see if he's found something that will allow him to return to more consistency.

TomBradley72
05-03-2013, 07:42 PM
Hitting .167 vs. lefties, .351 vs. righties.

Platoon with Koeppinger

cards press box
05-04-2013, 12:46 AM
Who's playing at thrid?

Gillaspie has showed some real promise as the 3B of the future and he should start there until he proves otherwise. I would hate to see him behind Keppinger at third once Gordon comes back. Can we just admit Dunn was a mistake and have him platoon with Keppinger? Makes our team better all around.

Gillaspie, I think, will play 3rd against righties the rest of the year. It remains to be seen if the Sox will play Gillaspie against any lefties.

A Keppinger/Gillaspie platoon would work at 3B. And the Sox could spot Keppinger at 1B, 2B and DH, too.

Scots-Sox
05-04-2013, 03:32 AM
If you don't play young players like Gilaspie against lefties how can you ever expect them to learn how to hit them. If you keep telling them that they can't hit lefties and that player X will play in their place each time you will eventually ruin their confidence.

See BA for an example - maybe not the very best example I'll admit, but he came into the team as a much vaunted prospect and had his confidence shattered by Ozzie as he was never allowed to settle and grow into his position.

You have to let young players go out and learn their craft, they don't come into the game as All Stars. They will make mistakes and struggle at times but at the end of the day you will hopefully get a player that's worth having.

It's called player development - just about every other ball club understands this.

Sadly we seem to be all about the quick fix. I'm not saying we need to go totally young - I'm saying we need a blend of youth and experience, but we need to give the youth a fair chance to flourish.

TomBradley72
05-04-2013, 10:26 AM
If you don't play young players like Gilaspie against lefties how can you ever expect them to learn how to hit them. If you keep telling them that they can't hit lefties and that player X will play in their place each time you will eventually ruin their confidence.

See BA for an example - maybe not the very best example I'll admit, but he came into the team as a much vaunted prospect and had his confidence shattered by Ozzie as he was never allowed to settle and grow into his position.

You have to let young players go out and learn their craft, they don't come into the game as All Stars. They will make mistakes and struggle at times but at the end of the day you will hopefully get a player that's worth having.

It's called player development - just about every other ball club understands this.

Sadly we seem to be all about the quick fix. I'm not saying we need to go totally young - I'm saying we need a blend of youth and experience, but we need to give the youth a fair chance to flourish.

Complete bull****-BA had multiple chances to prove himself as a major league player- sure Ozzie could have handled him better- but he was the starting CF for most of the 1st half of 2006- and had a batting average < .200 and was a strike out machine. Maybe he should have focused more on his profession and less on the "honeys" and the night life. He admitted he wasn't as dedicated as he should have been.

This is Gillaspie's 1st full year in the majors- platooning him in his rookie year would not be unusual as part of developing him- no reason to sit Keppinger against LH's.

Tragg
05-04-2013, 10:52 AM
If you don't play young players like Gilaspie against lefties how can you ever expect them to learn how to hit them. If you keep telling them that they can't hit lefties and that player X will play in their place each time you will eventually ruin their confidence.

I agree.

Frater Perdurabo
05-04-2013, 11:15 AM
Keppinger was something of a super-sub previously; I think the Sox would be best served if he did that again when Beckham returns. Let him start at third v LHP, and be the primary backup at 2B, 1B and DH, and let him pinch hit against LHP.