Re: KEEP YOUR EYE ON PEDROIA........
posted at 5/24/2011 4:00 PM EDT
Lowrie 2011 v. RHP 26 strikeouts 9 Walks BA .242 OBP .311
Most pitchers are RHP, so this makes Lowrie a certain career UIF'er with slow and spastic feet, a weak arm and weak bat against RHP.
Some viewed Lowrie as an elite MLB SS. Of course, that's never going to happen.
May 23, 2011 Bill Hall goes 4 for 4 against Dodgershttp://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=407849
Hall has hit well against LHP, struggled against RHP, but runs well and will not do a belly flop on a routine DP ball.
“When we got him, we said ‘this is your role here,” Francona said. “We’re going to work to find you at-bats.’ Because of the injuries, it really wasn’t that hard, and his versatility. We said ‘what would be great is for you to then get an everyday job.’ And that’s what happened.
“I’m thrilled with it (his signing for an everyday role with Houston). We loved him over here — he played center, he played right, he played left, he played third, he played short, he played second. He did it with a smile. His teammates loved him. I’m happy for him.”
What did you think of his defense at second?
“I thought it was underrated. He’s got a strong arm. He knows how to play the game. I called Millsie, and we were (let’s say chatting casually) because we always do, and we were talking about second base. I said ‘what about Billy Hall, that’s who you’re looking for.’ He said ‘we need somebody really athletic,’ and that’s Billy Hall. And I’m glad they signed him, because I know what he’ll do for some of those young guys over there with how he approaches the game and what kind of teammate he is.”