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    Top 5 Reasons Why... Brandon Watson Will Never Be a Good Leadoff Hitter:

    5.) Power: He struggles to hit the ball out of the infield so all that all-world speed everybody talks about with him is reduced to just another singles hitter.
    4.) Batting form: He has been making these long, sloppy swings that balls can just coast by untouched. He reminds me a lot of Endy Chavez in this regard.
    3.) Plate discipline: He swings at everything regardless of what the pitch looks like as if he is some power hitter and he is not. He takes a walk every now and then, but it's not enough to put up a decent OBP unless he his hitting in the .350 range.
    2.) Aggressiveness (Too Much): His moves on 1st make it so obvious that he's gonna run it makes him an easy pickoff or caught stealing which is why he had an extremely weak 65% success rate on base stealing (compared to the high-70s, low-80s rates put up by guys like Carl Crawford and Juan Pierre).

    And finally... #1 reason

    1.) Bunting: This guy has made so many errors trying to bunt his way on or to advance the runner that pretty soon pitchers might start intent walking pitchers just to get to Brandon.

    The real guys that should leadoff for this team: Tyrell Godwin, Ryan Church, or Marlon Byrd. Their stolen base numbers aren't great, but I'll take 40 doubles (so Vidro only has to hit a single for a run to score), 15 triples (so Vidro only has to hit a fly ball for a run to score), and 20 HRs (so Vidro doesn't have to do anything for a run to score), from my leadoff man than Brandon "hope he hits a single and pray to God he doesn't get caught stealing second or Vidro hits a home run" Watson.


    And just as I post this...leadoff man Marlon Byrd:

    Top 1st: Washington
    - M. Byrd homered to deep left
    The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

    The A: No

    ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
    Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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    He's looked overmatched out there so far. Meanwhile, acording to the Zephyrs website, Church has yet to get a hit. I imagine that at least for the time being Byrd is the starting CF. The question is, what to do with Watson? He's not going to progress riding the pine for the Nats.

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    • #3
      I felt Robinson would give Watson more of a chance. Robby is known to stick veteran players-see Vinny Castilla-when the player is going through a rough stretch. From Robinson's comments in the "Notes" article of today at www.nationals.com, this isn't extended to rookies. Byrd might take the job.

      Doing the job: If Marlon Byrd continues to be consistent with the bat, Robinson is prepared to play him on a more regular basis, which would mean less playing time for Brandon Watson.

      "If somebody is hot, you reward him if the other guy is struggling a little bit. That's the nature of the game," Robinson said. "As a manager, you have to take advantage of the guys when they are swinging the bat well."

      Byrd is currently the fourth outfielder, but he started Sunday's game because Watson is in a 3-for-19 slump. Byrd responded by opening the game with a home run to left.

      Byrd also is expected to start on Monday against the Astros.

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      • #4
        Byrd

        Byrd hit .300,with a little pop,as a regular for the Phillies a few years ago. He should get a shot if Church struggles. We don't really have the horses to aquire much better in a trade.

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