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Does the Jays offense have need for weak groundballs to the SS?
EDIT: Whichever one plays I think 2B (along with DH and CF) are going to be problems for Toronto
I haven't been paying super close attention, is Bonifacio penciled in as the 2B and Izturis the main backup infielder?
Gibbons has been saying the last few days, he hasn't decided on who is the 2nd base starter, and has allowed that he may just rotate them all year instead of picking one guy.
But he spent his 20s being a productive offensive contributor - an OBP heavy 99 OPS+ from 2005-2011 in Los Angeles with solid baserunning and defense. He shouldn't be confused with his siblings.
Bonifiacio's 2011 looks every bit as good as Izturis's 2009.
Yes, but Izturis' 2009 looks like a perfectly normal up season for a solid offensive player - his 2005 and 2011 were also in the same range. Bonifacio's 2011 looks every inch a total fluke, right down to the .370 BABIP that powered it.
And he's no kind of 150 game regular.
Agreed. But it has the value of having happened more recently.
Not if it's a fluke. Then it's not predictive of much of anything.
The hopes for the Jays getting positive production out of 2B rest on Izturis, who has shown the capacity to be a solid player in a major contributing role over a half-decade.
It just seems strange that you stated as a naked fact that Bonifacio's not a 150 game player, when he was a 150 game player just a year ago, and a valuable one at that.
But you know what you're getting in the other 40 games of Bonifacio - a utility guy with a marginal middle infield glove, a utility guy bat, and great speed.
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