Friday, June 08, 2007

All We Need Is Just A Little Patience

Nook Logan has given up switch hitting. Give his lack of success from the left side, it's not a surprising decision, and were he a line-drive hitter instead of a slap-hitting sometimes-bunter, they'd likely have helped him make the decision a bit earlier.

For now, Manny Acta has decided to platoon him with Ryan Langerhans in center. I think that that's probably the right decision. The platoon puts both batters in a position where you can maximize their production (though we should note that Langerhans actually has done better against lefties in his career).

But OMG makes a solid case that the team is being unfair to Nook Logan, and that the latest machination is a sign of a dysfunctional decision-making process. Given the revolving door the team has had for 2-3 years with players getting 20-30 ABs to show their stuff, it's not a crazy argument. Interestingly, he cites the example of Matt Chico and the patience they've had with some lousy pitchers as a counter-example.


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