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Successful second-base platoons since 1986

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

Despite currently polling at Fungoes as the Cardinals

One Response to “Successful second-base platoons since 1986”

  1. ahitz Says:

    Thanks for researching that Pip… I was curious but lacked the time last week to check it out and reply. Also need to show my ignorance here, how do you calculate combined WAR?

    I did take a look at the platoons you listed as having made the playoffs and noticed that most of them contained players who saw time at other positions during the season, just as we’d expect potential Cardinal platoon members to. I also compared them experience-wise to a potential Cardinal platoon of Descalso, Greene and Schumaker. I just looked at number of plate appearances (majors) for each player in each platoon the previous 3 seasons, which is as many seasons as Greene has.

    Except for Blankenship/Bordic, each of those platoons had at least one member who had multiple seasons with over 300 plate appearances, (technically the Rays 2010 platoon didn’t, but Zobrist averaged 300 over 3 years so close enough) Schumaker averaged 505 over the last 3 years, Green never had more than 122 in a year, and Descalso had 375 last year and 37 the year before.

    I’m not sure how important that PA stat is, but it suggests that successful platoons have at least one experienced hitter, so a platoon containing Schumaker makes sense. As Skip is now starting the season on the DL, I have to wonder if platooning Greene and Descalso is as viable? Could it be in the team’s best interest to let one of them get that every day playing experience early in the season, in hopes of developing him into a higher value player?

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