1st baseman Mark Sweeney.
2nd baseman Jose Vizcaino.
Outfielder Jason Ellison.
Father Alou decided that his best use of these three players was the following: Sweeney in left field, Vizcaino starting at 1st, and Ellison on the bench.
Vizcaino can't hit, thus when an extra player is put in due to Barry Bonds doing the DH thing, it never, ever should be him if another option exists.
And wonder of wonders, another option did exist. Play Ellison and Sweeney at their natural positions, and not only get a better bat in the lineup in Ellison over Vizcaino, but also get better defensively in left field by using Ellison there instead of Sweeney.
Is there something I'm missing in all of this?
And if any of you say lefty/righty hitter/pitcher matchups, you're going to get my best sneer in response.
And...WHAT A CATCH BY FINLEY! OH YEAH! WHAT, BABY, WHAT!
Vizcaino, a switch-hitter, has been more of a switch-outter this season -- here's his...splits..vs. right-handers: .188/.278/.188
Yeah. What is there about this guy that ever needs to hit in front of anyone, or, for that matter, play in front of anyone?
I like Felipe, but sometimes I do believe the occasional bong hit interferes with his higher brain functions.