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Old Mar 17th 2010, 12:44 am
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And your 2010 leadoff hitter is.....

Ryan Theriot.....

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Mine? I think he needs some serious help on his baserunning skills and hopes that someone is doing some quality one on one time with the man to help him with it. I do like his OBP, but getting on base doesn't do much when he seems to get picked off or thrown out so easily.

But, on the other hand...THANK GOD IT ISN'T SORIANO!!!!
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I agree Heather. Theriot has a tendency to turn into Ronny Cedeno on the bases at times. I'm not convinced that he even has enough speed to be an average base stealer anymore. It pisses me off when Theriot tries to go from 2nd to third on a ball that is hit in front of him to the SS. They teach you not to do that in little league.
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I really prefer Theriot in the two hole. He is the perfect #2 hitter. Fuku takes more pitches and a much better base runner. I know why Lou flipped them , because of Fuku's history of not playing a full season.
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I would have platooned the two like others have suggested, Theriot against LHP and Fukudome against RHP.

I'm hoping Jamarillo will help Theriot get back to his 2008 form.
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I would have platooned the two like others have suggested, Theriot against LHP and Fukudome against RHP.

I'm hoping Jamarillo will help Theriot get back to his 2008 form.
Of course you would , as would any one else who has interest in actually managing a team. Lou is going to put together a line up and keep marching them out there . He will say the inconsistancy last year was caused the poor outcome and this year he is wanting to steady the ship so to say. When he really just doesn't want to put in the effort. If I thought he phoned it in last year , this year I think we will actually get a screen shot of him sleeping in the dugout !
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I would like to see Fukudome as the lead off, but as mentioned already, atleast it's not Soriano
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If Theriot can't recreate 2008, I don't see a large difference between Soriano and Theriot in terms of leadoff skills. Yea, Soriano K's, but Theriot is an early-count hitter. I think he had some ridiculous stat like one extra base hit in 190 some plate appearences leading off last year.
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Batting first in the batting order Theriot had 194 plate appearances with 1 2B, 0 3B and 0 HR !!! Not impressive - or productive. Batting second, in slightly over 2x the PA (410) he hit 16 2B, 3 3B and 7 HR. A rather dramatic difference. His slash-lines respectively:

1st: .283/.354/.289
2nd: .273/.331/.391

Actually, both last year and for his career the numbers say his best spot is 7th: .337/.400/.438/.838. But it's a 'small sample size'.

Jeff Baker has an excellent career line batting second: .319/.371/.522/.893 - but I doubt we'll ever see him there. Baseball people seem to be locked in to preconceptions mentally. For his career Baker has scored every 5th time he comes to the plate batting #2 - but, again, it's a small sample size. I'd love to see him tried out there.
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