Originally Posted by Kc61
I have a different take on this one, mth. I think Lutz should go down, albeit to AAA, and play everyday.
Robinson adds a dimension. He's the fastest guy on the team, he slaps the ball around, can cover ground in the outfield, switch hitter.
I know Dusty won't, but I would -- platoon Paul and Heisey in LF. Use Robinson as pinch runner, defensive replacement, occasional pinch hitter, occasional starter to give someone a rest.
The best argument for Lutz is that if Paul plays, Lutz becomes a needed lefty pinch hitter. Not a bad argument, but I'd go with Robinson.
I'd limit Heisey to LH pitching at this point. Last year Heisey hit lefties much better than righties and this year his biggest woes have been against RHP. I don't think Dusty will play it that way, I think Heisey will start most games in LF.
Don't get me wrong, I think Lutz hot hitting will stop at some point.When it does, he'll become another interchangeable part. Until then, he's the only guy among the LF candidates that can be a game changer. I'd ride that until it stops and then let him go down and finish his development. Paul, Robinson, Heisey, Perez, Fellhauer, Phipps, et al can be guys who could contribute at times and bring an element to the team, but a hot hitting Lutz seems more than that. When the league figures him out, he can go down and hopefully complete his game and become a long term contributor. But if he seems to be a guy who could be Kevin Maas circa 1990, I'd let him do it until he goes south.
Funny, I have the entirely opposite opinion on letting Lutz play until he fails that I do with Cigrani. I think Tony needs to go down and work on his other pitches. It's mostly because I think Cingrani can improve those pitches in a couple months and become a real depth option and not just a temporary, "while he's hot" guy. In Lutz case, we've already gotten more from him than I ever expected in 2013. I'd ride him until it stops and then let the others take over. If nothing else, it buys time until Ludwick returns or the trade market opens up a bit. He may go into a funk tomorrow and it become a short ride, but I keep putting him in there until he stops hitting.