Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by boast:
how long before Boch moves #VoteTanaka to lead-off?
I dont know about Bochy but I would do it right now. This team needs a spark and he could possibly provide it from the lead off spot.
I kinda like Blanco in the leadoff spot. At least I don't think he's done anything to be demoted from that spot. He's still batting .280 with a ton of clutch hits this year, and he's starting to see the ball a little better again after his mini 2-week slump.
this, Tanaka doesn't even know where the bathroom is at in the clubhouse yet
My issue with Blanco is that he strikes out way too much for a lead-off hitter. Pagan struck out around 13-16% of the time (depending on the year), and that's high to me for a lead-off hitter, but by comparison, Blanco (who swings like he's a clean-up hitter) strikes out around 22-26% of the time. That's Angel Villlalona territory and WAY too high for that role...IMO, Tanaka (high OBP/SB guy) is better suited to lead-off and Blanco is better off further down the lineup.
To your point, I get that Tanaka still has a lot to prove. But over time, I think Boch will have little choice but to have Tanaka lead-off.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Jul 12, 2013 at 5:55 PM ]