1st pitch pop out to second with one on @ 2nd and 1 out.
Delmon goes 1-4 with one rally kill and 2 failures to start a rally.
This guy from last night til his first at bat today, went 5 at bats, saw 7 pitches, and had zero hits.
The insanity of him being on our team, yet alone in the lineup, yet alone hitting 5th, yet alone making 7 million dollars, yet alone sometimes being in leftfield, yet alone swinging at everything at moves AHHHH I just dislike his so much. Awful player. Even Inge could keep his OBP over .300
But our manager is on record saying that OBP is for geeks, and that stats "aren't his thing," so he probably thinks Delmon is a very good middle of the order guy with his, well, average batting average.
There is a lot of fans that could produce a better lineup that Leyland, simply becase we understand the value of hitters based on statistics. Give me the lineup card tomorrow, I'll put Avila (who's looking good) 5th, Peralta 6th. Young and Raburn as far down as possible. And we will improve our chances of scoring Cabrera and Prince simply because Avila will have a quality at bat behind them.
Raburn's .236 OBP hit 2nd today and Delmons' .688 OPS hit 5th.
I don't know.
As six-hopper about the merits of posting repetitious information and already known and accepted facts.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Just because they let one offensive dud keep his job for a long time doesn't mean that they should repeat the mistake.
Plus, as Basta just noted, Inge did have some positives, whereas Delmon has none.
Inge is Bye-Bye 1.
Raburn should be Bye-Bye 2.
Young needs to be Bye-Bye 3. His barely decent hitting stats are an illusion ..he is a terrible ''team'' player. So is Pee Fielder.
It's the same as last year, when Leyland didn't replace Magglio from batting 3rd until we acquired another bat via trade (Delmon, coincidentally), and didn't bench Inge until DD demoted him to AAA. There are far too many instances where it's clear as day something needs to be done, whether a benching or lineup demotion, and Leyland is unable to make the move. It literally takes a move from DD to switch things up. It's just absurd.
On another note, I was out of state and without television for the 08 season and could never understand the Renteria hate. I'd been a fan of his throughout his career, and his offensive numbers weren't terrible (.270 BA with 10 HRs while playing SS) but now I understand how those stats can be misleading. Delmon upping his average with 2 out singles when we're losing by 6 and no one on, while failing (and flailing) miserably in every key situation must be similar.
And Renteria still had a much better WAR, a higher OPS, and nearly as many RBIs (projected for Delmon) while batting mostly 7th and 8th.
The final two seasons he spent here, what exactly were his positives?
His fan appeal to old women and men who prefer other men, do not count here.
"Cannot figure out why Tigers haven't signed Vlad"
Or Thome or (especially) Abreu when they were available. Missed opportunities all around.