Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
It depends largely on how the pitchers are pitching.
If Hanigan's guys are dominating (at this point, three of Bailey, Latos, Cueto, and Chapman), why would you mess with a good thing? The offense is going to be good enough without Mesoraco's help.
However, late in a game, I wouldn't be averse to Mesoraco pinch hitting and a double switch with either a reliever or Heisey in CF.
(And I kind of resent the insinuation of "straight answer." You can't give a straight answer to any of these.)
Do Bailey, Latos, Cueto, or Chapman dominate because they are significantly above-average pitching talents, or because they are typical pitchers who have the opportunity to pitch to Hanigan?
Hanigan isn't doing the pitching, the pitchers are. If pitch framing is the issue, then coach Mesoraco to better frame pitches. If pitch calling is the issue, then call pitches from the dugout.
Verlander put up an 8.3 fWAR season in 2009, while throwing the brunt of the time to Gerald Laird, who is horrible.