StylesClash wrote:David wrote:StylesClash wrote:I'm curious to see if Baez will be put in Center Field and Heyward kept in right. Jason Heyward's proven elite corner range should take some of the pressure off Baez's Outfield transition. And from various reports it seems as though Soler has generated more trade interest than Baez. So Soler could then be dealt for quality rotation help.
Also if Heyward's traditional struggles against lefties carry into 2016 will Maddon dare bench his highest paid player against above average left handers. Or will Heyward's elite range be deemed worth the likelihood of a poor offensive outing.
Since so much of Heyward's value is range it would seem that giving him occasional days off, against quality lefties, would be a worthwhile gamble. Come August and September, when players tend to wear down, I would imagine that range and base running prowess would be the first skills to decline. That would make Heyward a whole lot less valuable.
Deja vu over here
I prefer persistencey when it comes to getting responses to legit questions. You don't think its really interesting to consider come October if its Cubs/Dodgers, and Kershaw is on the mound, to wonder if Heyward will start despite career poor numbers against lefties. I think its a fair question to ponder if good defensive range outweighs a likely bad night at the plate.
But yeah you can keep on getting hard over Heyward if you like. Its not that hard to find legit flaws with him though. I just hope he pulls a Greinke and opts out for more money elsewhere. I much prefer unloading the brinks truck for Harper.
The flip side of that argument is that you're anticipating a low scoring game against Kershaw no matter what. So you may want your best defenders on the field in an attempt to prevent the other team from scoring, as well. And while Heyward doesn't hit particularly well against lefties, he does still work the count and drive up the pitcher's workload. So yeah, you'd probably still keep him out there.
The more interesting scenario, to be honest, is if you're facing a pitcher who murders lefties but gets lit up by right handers. In which case...you'd probably still put Heyward out there because of his complete game but might think about giving Schwarber the day off.