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May 08, 2007



It seems to me, as a 4th OF Linden should be the guy who moves around. Winn has become the regular RF. I don't see the point in moving everybody when Roberts sits. It doesn't seem to be an important enough point to complain about. And why the complaints about Ray? He was lights out for a month. Sure, he cooled off. Gonna happen. Maybe he's trying too hard. But GIDPs happen. To every team, every player. Especially when that is what the pitcher is trying for. This is just part of the process, the moving from small sample size to large sample size. He'll not only warm up again, but get into one of those periods where every ground ball is not right at someone.


The point in moving people around is to put the best defense possible out there. Maybe Bochy thinks there's more value in keeping a guy in a certain position or -- as evidenced by today's lineup -- there may be some other factor, like health, that the manager knows about that I don't. Go figure! Winn is not a great defensive player, but he is better in center than Linden.

I bitch about Durham's DPs because I don't like them. Easy. I know he doesn't want to hit into them. He's not hitting right now, but I'm not going to say, hey, that's OK Ray, you're trying. He's going to be the focus because until he puts a decent swing on a ball, Bonds is going to stroll to first base every time he comes up.


I just want to make it clear that I like Ray Durham a lot. I don't think he's a guy you want in the five slot, though. That's not his fault, but Sabean's for constructing the team this way.

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