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Old 05-12-2019, 08:47 AM
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Is there any reason a .168 is consistently batting 4th? I'll accept all answers
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:01 AM
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I have no answer, I'm as perplexed as you, in fact I have questioned most of the lineups that RR has come up with this year.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:19 AM
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He shouldn't be batting anywhere in the lineup.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:20 AM
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At times he batted lower but that seems to have gone away. I don't have a good answer for you other than they are hoping he will return to his career norms and actually generate some interest this summer. I don't see that happening, but I think it's what they are trying for.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:35 AM
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At times he batted lower but that seems to have gone away. I don't have a good answer for you other than they are hoping he will return to his career norms and actually generate some interest this summer. I don't see that happening, but I think it's what they are trying for.
He could bat to his career norms (.739 OPS) and still wouldn't generate any interest. 2017 was his only full year as an above average hitter.
The only thing I can figure out, is that they plan on moving Abreu: if haven't seen any signs that they want to extend him. On the other hand, they probably are feeling pressure to show at least some W/L improvement and dealing Abreu won't help that.
Still it doesn't explain Alonso playing every day or in the middle of the lineup. I had comments on that in the Rick Hahn appreciation thread.

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Old 05-12-2019, 09:48 AM
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Besides everything we have written in this thread, we all know why the guy is with us in the first place, what a joke.
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Alonso and Castillo are hitting a combined .167 in 192 at bats so far this year. Alonso and Castillo are earning a combined $15.25 million in 2019. Why?
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Alonso and Castillo are hitting a combined .167 in 192 at bats so far this year. Alonso and Castillo are earning a combined $15.25 million in 2019. Why?
Because they signed a contract that pays them that much and the Sox are obligated to honor those contracts.
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RR is beholden to the L-R-L-R method of batting order construction. It's why Alonso frequently bats clean-up and (presumably) why Anderson frequently bats seventh. I understand the reasoning behind L-R-L-R etc., but sometimes you need to get your best hitters the most at bats regardless of handedness,
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:26 AM
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RR is beholden to the L-R-L-R method of batting order construction. It's why Alonso frequently bats clean-up and (presumably) why Anderson frequently bats seventh. I understand the reasoning behind L-R-L-R etc., but sometimes you need to get your best hitters the most at bats regardless of handedness,
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The Sox are looking for him to return to his career norms, he's never batted below .240 and has only produced an OPS below .700 once in 10 seasons.

It is perplexing how he has struggled against right handers but for some reason has had success against left handers this season. His splits are completely flipped in 2019 compared to rest of his career. Welcome to bizarro world...
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The Sox are looking for him to return to his career norms, he's never batted below .240 and has only produced an OPS below .700 once in 10 seasons.
But again, what does his career norm (.739 OPS) get the Sox? A below average 1B.
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Is there any reason a .168 is consistently batting 4th? I'll accept all answers
1) Ricky Renteria has no business managing a major league team.

Or

2) The salary dictates the playing time around these parts, results be damned.

Or both
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:43 PM
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Alonso must be reading this thread, has a nice game so far today.
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:01 PM
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No one is trading for Yonder Alonso. His $9 million option vests with 382 more plate appearances.
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