Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Fransden or Feliz?

Frandsen heads to first after getting his second hit Sunday. Another excellent photo by Barb!

It shouldn't even be a choice. Here we have Fransden absolutely raking the PCL pitching -- .390/.493/.508 in 16 games -- but sitting on the bench in favor of Feliz even though the Mets were pitching Tom Glavine.

I would say that Glavine is one of the least likely pitchers to help Pedro Feliz do his thing, which is mash mistake pitches. Feliz can not hit a breaking ball, has no plate discipline. So tonight he helped Glavine win his 294th game. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now batting a dreadful .228/.257/.456 for the season. The 6 homers and an adequate third-base defense are all that's keeping him in the starting lineup.

With a shaky Matt Cain settling down after giving up 4 runs in 2 innings, the Giants might have had a shot with some timely hitting above and beyond Bonds 745th HR. Management's insistence on keeping Feliz in the starting lineup when there are alternatives may doom the Giants to playing .500 ball (they're now 17-15).


Blogger allfrank said...

It is easy to get into the habit of criticizing Feliz. Not that Frandsen may not have been a better option against Glavine, but Feliz is considerable above average, compared to other 3Bs this year. As of a couple of days ago (when I last compiled this), there were 43 3Bs w/ more than 20 ABs in MLB. Feliz ranked 21 in BA, 12 in SLG, 4 in HR, 9 in RBI. He was also ranked 12 in VORP.

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