Could you please pass the Stanton…and pitch to Polanco.
The Marlins don’t have a prototypical cleanup hitter to slot behind Giancarlo Stanton. Manager Mike Redmond is considering more of a tidy-up hitter.
Placido Polanco hit fourth behind Stanton in Monday’s 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers, a team that during the regular season will have the ultimate three-four duo in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
“It’s one of those things where we’re going to have a lot of different guys hitting probably in a lot of different spots,” Redmond said. “I like Polanco hitting there. He gives you a veteran bat, a guy who puts the ball in play. He can hit behind runners. He can hit and run. He handles the bat well and might be a nice fit behind Stanton.”
Absolutely – if Stanton was a leadoff man. Polanco was born to hit second. Major league managers have written Polanco’s name in 1,656 starting lineups. In all but 436 of those he’s been slotted in the two¬ spot. The only other place Polanco has logged triple-digits is as a leadoff hitter (126).
...He does have eight plate appearances spanning nine games in that spot, including one each season from 2000-‘02. His lifetime numbers in the four hole: 0-for-7 with two RBI and a strikeout.
“I don’t think they expect me to be hitting home runs now because I’m hitting fourth,” Polanco said. “It’s something they have in mind and they’re trying now. That’s what spring training is for, to try different things.”
Added Redmond: “If they’re going to pitch around [Stanton] at least it gives us a guy we know is going to put the ball in play and can drive in runs. Sure, it’s not going to be via home run, but it’s going to be a professional at-bat and a guy that can kind of keep the line moving.”
Posted: March 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
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