Saturday, June 13, 2009

FINALLY Cito changes the batting order!

After weeks of both Alex Rios and Vernon Wells performing terribly in the 3-4 spots of the batting order, Cito Gaston has mercilessly switched things up to try to spark the offense. Rios has been dropped down to the 6th slot, Wells moved up to 3rd in the order, allowing slugger Adam Lind to move into the cleanup spot.

What took so long? I admire Cito's loyalty in trying to get these guys to break out of their funk, but that can only last so long. I could understand why he wouldn't want to change anything when they had a sizzling start, but that's long behind the now. Rios and Wells have prevented the team from continuing that torrid pace. Lind has been outstanding all year, so he has earned his opportunity to hit 4th.

Scott Rolen moves from 6th in the order one spot to 5th, which is a good move considering he's had a great average all season. Don't be surprised to see him eventually switching with Wells in the order so he can get on base for the big hitters.

Hopefully this move jump starts both Rios and Wells. I'm not holding my breath.

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