Re: Choo's affect on our lineup..........
Subbing Choo for Stubbs is a dramatic increase in production. It takes a complete and utter mess who was the worst offensive player in the line-up out and replaces him with an all star caliber bat. I don't think there is any question that Choo won't cover the gaps as well as Stubs did, but, IMO, Stubbs had real problems on balls in front of him and frequently pulled up and played balls on a hop that should have been outs. Stubbs looked better than he played out there IMO. I don't think the defensive drop-off will be nearly as big as its been made out to be. We go from an overall average defensive CF to a slightly below average one. Meanwhile the offensive improvement will be substantial.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS