HIT HIM, THEN SIT HIM by Tom Brennan
Imagine you are a team contending for the Wild Card, and your main flaw going into the final 35% of your schedule is an extreme inability to score.
Imagine you had a guy who, his first time up in a game, he hits .283, on base 36%, slugs .600. You'd be ecstatic.
Imagine a guy who after the first inning is hitting .206, who hits .127 with RISP, who hits .163 in "late and close" situations, who hits .172 with men on base, and who is at best an average fielder. You'd find the first open door and boot him out. You'd be pining for Eric Campbell.
What if those 2 guys (the first time up guy and the after-first-time-up guy) are actually the same guy?
You'd think Jekyll and Hyde in the extreme. You'd think "Met".
You'd have Curtis Granderson, who has hit 11 lead off homers, only 7 others, and only 2 of his 18 homers with men on base, which (coupled with that .127 RISP) is why he has just 32 RBIs in well over 100 games.
So, what to do? I'm glad you asked me. I'd "pinch hit" him in the first inning (in other words, let him start the game and get up once), then sit him, that's what I'd do.
Ever done before in major league history? Don't think so. Should it be done with Grandy? I sure would. We have a pennant to win... and a .127 RISP won't get us there. He is a main reason we trail the Nats by 11.5 games. Besides Daniel Murphy hitting 3 times as high as Grandy with RISP at .373, of course. A guy we let walk to keep the likes of Grandy.
I'd also do ANYTHING I COULD to make sure Grandy is not on this team on opening day 2017. Unless he only hits, then sits.
What do you think, folks?