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Javy Valentin

I hear all this stuff about keeping Chad Moeller b/c Valetin is allegedly such a great pinch hitter.  This doesn't make sense to me for a couple of reasons.

  1. Moeller sucks, there have to be at least 100 guys as good or better than him and w/ a team already lacking in offense keeping a .220 hitter around is ridiculous.
  2. Building off the first point, Narron is the manager so clearly Moeller will see some serious playing time at all spots in the order, this in itself is scary.
  3. My main point: Valetin isn't that great of a pinch hitter.  I know he gets the occasional PH homer, but I don't know if that makes him that good, esp. playing at GABP.  I can't find this pinch hitting BA (perhaps Slyde has this).  But everytime I see the enquirer talk about him they say "Valentin led the team in PHs."  What does that mean?  I'm sure he had the most chances.  These are the stats I could find about Javy and they don't look too good.
Last season w/ 2 outs and RISP he hit .080.
Late and close he hit .264 (that sounds pretty decent, but I don't have the avgs of this around the league).
Game w/in 1 run he hit .250.
W/in 2 runs he hit .242.
Up by more than 4 he hit .340.

So, does Javy really qualify as being so good at pinch hitting that we must use him in that role almost exclusively and get stuck w/ Moeller?

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