|03-05-2004, 11:32 AM||#1|
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Francona adjusts Red Sox lineup
It's just the first spring training game, but Terry Francona has already made a key adjustment, flipping Manny and Nomar in the order. They hit 3rd and 4th respectively. I thought about this last year, and it seemed to make so much sense, I figured I must be missing something. I'm glad someone else sees it my way.
Manny sees a lot of pitches and was intentionally walked 28 times last year. Nomar is the classic bad-ball hitter and is always among the hardest guys in the league to strike out. Manny is more likely to benefit from the protection, plus the move should force a few extra pitches in the first inning.
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|03-05-2004, 02:03 PM||#2|
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I want to see people on base in front of Manny. That is all I want. Do that and I will be a very happy hmrsf!
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|03-05-2004, 02:03 PM||#3|
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Plus, with a runner on, in this case it being Manny, Nomar is more likely to bust his tail down the line to beat out the DP attempt - - whereas, with a runner on, being Nomar, and Manny hitting the grounder, it's a lock for a DP - - - correct?
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|03-05-2004, 04:42 PM||#4|
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Absolutely. This is a good move.
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