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moneyg
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits

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We can talk about the batting order all we want but if Mainieri's past is any indication, it will change multiple times over the first month of the season.



...as it should.


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moneyg
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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Has Raph found any power in the offseason? Singles are better than nothing, but somewhat useless for a slow-motion runner.





He was batting above .500 with runners in scoring position for a large portion of the year last year. More power would be great...but more power would basically make him head and shoulders above any hitter that has ever been here. He's just not that guy.

However, If he comes close to duplicating what he did last year, he'll easily do enough damage in the 4 hole to warrant the spot. If his BA drops .150, then he probably should be moved up to the #2, IMO.
This post was edited on 1/25 at 5:05 pm


bubbz
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
I have no problem with Raph doing what he does. If he replicates what he did last season, he will go down as one of the best LSU hitters of all time, if not the country.


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Hugo Stiglitz
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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Rhymes will bat 4th and Katz 5th.

I'd like to see Rhymes 3rd and Katz 4th but that's just me.


Hugo Stiglitz
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
FTR I thought this last year too... Never understood why Katz was batting before Rhymes but what do I know.


moneyg
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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Never understood why Katz was batting before Rhymes but what do I know.


...probably because Katz needed the protection more than Rhymes did.


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Clark W Griswold
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
Ralph will play left and DH. There is no lock there.


Dr. Huxtable
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
What did PM say about guys like Moore,etc who were major contributors last year?


Broski
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
So...

1. Laird CF
2. Sciambra RF
3. Bregman SS
4. Rhymes LF
5. Katz 1B
6. Ross C
7. Moore/Chinea/Stevenson/McMullan DH
8. Ibarra 3B
9. Jones 2B

Fri Eades/Nola
Sat Eades/Nola
Sun Bonvillian/Bourgeois



lsuguy13
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
Suprised no mention of moore


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LSU=Champions
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Member since Apr 2004
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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1. Laird CF
2. Sciambra RF
3. Bregman SS
4. Rhymes LF
5. Katz 1B
6. Ross C
7. Moore/Chinea/Stevenson/McMullan DH
8. Ibarra 3B
9. Jones 2B


Is it just me or does anyone else get a chubby at this lineup? The new bats can't even hold us back!


Dodd
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
I don't understand how anyone knows how well this offense will do. After last seasons record for groundouts, I'm managing my own expectations.


upgrade
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Pina Coladaburg
Member since Jul 2011
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
We know Rhymes Katz Ross and Sciambra can hit.
Bregman is the top rated freshman hitters in the country.
I'm optimistic.


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bubbz
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
It's because this lineup has potential.

Jones batted over .300 his freshman year. This is a BIG season for him. This year will determine if he is a first round pick or not.

Sciambra was playing well before he got hurt. You throw in Bregman with his expectations to go along with Rhymes, Katz, and Ross. I'd say you have a pretty decent lineup.

Lets be honest, last season we had some serious holes in the lineup.
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bbap
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
Don't think that's accurate. Sciambra didn't get more than a couple hits in his first 20 or at bats. He was coming around but he wasn't over .300.


bubbz
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
Yea my bad that was way off...I just thought I remember him starting to really play well before he got hurt.

I just looked it up...He was playing well before he got hurt. Not up to .300, but was getting on base.


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Lester Earl
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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Rhymes and Katz should be 3rd and 4th in the lineup, and I might seriously consider batting them 2nd and 3rd. Get those guys to the plate as often as possible. I'd rather them batting 2nd and 3rd than putting an automatic out in the 2 hole just for him to bunt in case the leadoff reaches base.


You want those guys in position to drive in runs. It's the anatomy of any lineup.

Rhymes in the 4 hole is fine. Katz 5th should hit plenty with Bregman & Raph on base.

As far as Raph in left, I'm sure he'll be a late inning replacement unless he's due up in a close game.

You don't put a player in LF because of his glove. Sorry but that's stupid.


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Penrod
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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You don't put your best two hitters at the 4 and 5 spots.


I've been wondering about this myself. I would not go 2,3 this year, if some of these lefties can hit, but last year I would have. Rhymes and Katz are just too slow for 2,3. But I'd damn sure put them at 3,4 instead of 4,5.

Like you, I've won exactly 0 NCAA's.


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Penrod
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re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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Katz batting 5th? Da frick Bregman is that much of a badass?


Nah, that's what they did last year, right? And they didn't exactly have four hot bats in front of him.


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Penrod
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Member since Jan 2011
5365 posts

re: Paul Mainieri - Press Conference Tidbits
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The other poster was spot on about maximizing ABs.
quote:

Baseball is one of those sports where the understanding has increased recently and old people sometimes are misguided in what they do.


yeah, up until you young guys came along with all that technology we determined batting order by birthdays. Maximizing at bats, eh? What'll they think of next?


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