Monday, September 19, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, September 19, 2022 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"Alvarez did that damage yesterday hitting third. I’d like to see Dusty Baker move him up to second to start the lineup Jose Altuve/Alvarez/Alex Bregman/Kyle Tucker. Jeremy Peña, who has mostly batted second in September, is a strong defensive shortstop who started the season hitting well. Now, though, he has a .285 OBP, .274 against righties with a 94/13 K/BB. He’s at .231/.254/.345 in the second half. Peña is overmatched at the plate. The Astros dearly miss Michael Brantley, out for the year with a shoulder injury. They have to get their best hitters as many at-bats as possible."