Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Scioscia: "The Jury Is Still Out" On Kotchman, McPherson
And what of Casey Kotchman, who showed flashes in the second half?Fair enough and all, but I would think that Kotchman's .333/.353/.479 line in September would be enough. Is this just a way of preventing divisive talk about who should be handed the starting first base job?
Kotchman and third baseman Dallas McPherson, who is rehabbing from a serious hip injury, have the Angels caught in between hops.
"The jury is still out on both of them," Scioscia said.
I'll give a lot of credit to Scoscia if he makes the right call and sets Erstad as a utility guy. But I'd be shocked if he did.
Then again, maybe Finley becomes a 20HR guy and Erstad a 300 hitter agian. Maybe mysterious injuries has been plaguing Erstad continously since 2002. Maybe Finley was trying to do without viagra this year, and it didn't work out for him.
They better. That A's staff is going to be scary next year.
If Scioscia can't imagine Erstad in the oufield, Stoneman has to do his imagining for him. Deference to veterans arguably cost a shot at the World Series this year; it can't be allowed to further stunt the progress of a Mark Grace-caliber hitter.
Not sure how any of the young guys could have compensated for ice-cold Vlad and Chone, though.
I mean, the decision to start Kotchman or at least feature him a lot seems pretty self-evident. He was rated as a plus defensive infielder as well, so it's not like you're going to have a big defensive drop at 1st base.
It just seems to me that the real issue is whether Scoscia makes the unpopular decisions or not. And I don't think anybody would mind if Finley played from the bench.
You'll forgive me if I'm not exactly gnashing my teeth at the thought of losing a guy with a lifetime OPS+ of 84. He's had exactly one season above average at the plate compared to four below, three well below. I'd be surprised if Bengie signs a big deal and hits like he did this year.
I won't be surprised if Bengie signs a big deal. I will be surprised if he hits like he did this year. Even if he does in 2006, what are the odds for 2007? For 2008?