Originally Posted by Kc61
I'm not in favor of excessive ragging on a player, as you put it.
But I don't think Hanigan's hitting will be fine. He doesn't hit righties, he no longer hits for any power. If you think it's only a slump, I disagree.
Well, like I said, I haven't really paid attention to his splits. But the power, well he's NEVER been a HR hitter. Ever. Career high of 6 in 2011. 5 in 2010. Down to 2 last season. But HR's aren't the only stat for power, right? He had a career high in doubles last season. 14.
He's always been a pretty decent player for batting average and well above average for OBP. Where's the drop off on those? Outside of this current slump obviously. He's still not striking out, he's still walking as much or more than he K's. Outside of this current month, I haven't seen any clear change in Hanny at the plate in several years. But I'll take your word for the thing with the splits.
Even if you're right and he is on the decline...his defense still makes him good enough to be a starter. Whether Mes forces his way into that role should depend on Mes' defense IMO. I've seen poor mechanics on blocking balls, I've seen poor footwork and reaching for balls, and I've seen poor throws to 2nd in terms of accuracy. However, I've also seen him absolutely CRUSH the ball. They may not all be falling in, but he's smoking the ball right now.
Tough decision IMO. Plus bat/negative glove vs. negative bat/plus glove. For me, I stick with the plus glove because it's more likely that the bat comes around quicker than the glove does. Hopefully Mes proves me wrong and I'm just seeing some poor games defensively.