“For the rest of the season, I want your approach at the plate to be ‘take everything the other way’. If you are going to swing at it, it better be aimed at center or right. Every time I see you try to pull a ball, you sit the next day.”
#307 – Not too harsh, but I don’t know that it’s the right thing to do (I’m not claiming to know what’s right). It’s just that his first 5 years were very consistent and successful. I still think this is about his head and not his mechanics. Maybe your suggested approach would swing the pendulum (head-wise) back to where it needs to be.
I think every time Struggla swings and misses at a ball off the plate outside he should pay a grand or so. He can’t reach the outside corner, so he should start making pitchers either throw strikes or come inside. This is pretty similar to other suggestions made, like simply stepping up closer to the plate. He crushes pitches inside, so maybe he should go all Jeff Bagwell and crowd the plate and look for up and in fastballs.
Uggla’s lack of timing and good swings is looking more like a lousy hitter than just a bad streak. Is it time to face up to the fact that some careers do end early? If this proves to be the end of a career and not just a bad half season or a bad season, his contract will go down as one of the worst in baseball history.
Fredi hurts this team when he doesn’t maximize its potential by putting Jason lower in the order. Its really frustrating that he would do this while we are winning. I like Fredi but he’s really stupid.