• Abreu: Why Does He Bat Third?

    Posted by on July 9th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    In his last 50 games this season, covering 218 PA, Bobby Abreu’s BA/OBA/SLG line is: .254/.326/.431

    And, in his last 25 games this season, covering 110 PA, Bobby Abreu’s BA/OBA/SLG line is: .237/.327/.371

    Yet, in 78 of the 87 games that Abreu has played for the Yankees this season, he’s batted third – where your best hitter should reside.

    I don’t get it. I really just don’t get it.

    People like to complain about Joe Girardi batting Melky Cabrera in the lead-off spot at times – and, they should – but, we don’t hear much about the strange call to continue running Abreu out there in the three-hole. Why?

    Comments on Abreu: Why Does He Bat Third?

    1. gphunt
      July 9th, 2008 | 12:43 pm

      But he walks and takes so many pitches….oh wait that was the Abreu of old.

      So who’s the new 3 hole hitter? Giambi?

    2. July 9th, 2008 | 2:03 pm

      Maybe Posada as a DH – or Matsui if he comes back…

    3. antone
      July 9th, 2008 | 2:28 pm

      They should bat ARod 3rd and Giambi 4th…drop Abreu to 6th and bat Posada or Matsui when healthy in the 5 hole…if Posada and Matsui are both playing then bat Abreu 7th and Cano 8th

    4. July 9th, 2008 | 4:24 pm

      Or, if Damon comes back…

      Bat Damon 1, Gardner 2, Jeter 3…
      and have Abreu bat 7th, with A-Rod 4th, Giambi 5th and Posada 6th.

    5. July 9th, 2008 | 4:46 pm

      [...] I called out Bobby Abreu this morning – and he gets the game-winner today, in extras, his first Yankees walk-off hit…and he gets the Gatorade Bucket too (with Cano and Cabrera playing the roles of Jim Burt and Harry Carson). [...]

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