You're right. Hanigan has rarely squared up on any balls this season. I'd love to see him grab some bench for 3 or 4 games so Mez can play but we know that isn't going to happen....unless he goes on the DL.
If Hanigan continues to suck, Mes will play more. If Mes hits well while he plays, he'll play more. This isn't hard.
So do you continue playing Hanigan ~80% of the time to get his numbers up? What do you do if they don't, or if he sits at the ~75 wRC+ mark?
At some point the catching situation needs to be looked at critically with trends and how players are performing in recent history. Right now it feels like it is being looked at as "Hanigan is starting Mesoraco is his backup," and given the profiles of these players right now, that seems like a potentially poor plan.
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Do we really need another pull hitter like Bruce in the lineup?
Yes, yes we do.
I'm not advocating releasing Hanigan, playing Mesoraco 80% of the time, or anything like that, but I think that playing a guy who is a potential offensive liability in a huge majority of games is a bad plan, given who is behind him.
Hardly anyone is going to show something in a scenario like that.
Mesoraco has hit well this year. The hits aren't reflected, but I think we can all agree he is hitting the ball with absolute authority thus far can't we? Hanigan, I think we can all agree, hasn't hit the ball at all this year right?
So if now isn't the time in which you can get Mesoraco a start or three in a row, when is ever going to be the time to try and do it?