Re: If Beltran wasn't playing deep he wouldn't caught that Berkman hit
- From: "Bruce W. Goldstein" <metfan14@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 15:58:10 -0400
"Phil" <phil@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On 2006-09-03 11:13:50 -0400, Big Blue <aclaritan@xxxxxxxxx> said:
The Mad Dog was bitching awhile back about how deep Beltran was
playing, and how he can't be label a great CF if he can't play shallow
like Andruw Jones.
While Mad Dog failed to mention while Jones caught many would-be
singles, but he's susceptible to let deep balls go over his head.
While Betran allows a few singles, he saves more games by taking deep
would-be extra base hits away.
Cohen pointed out that the Astros have a lot of long fly-ball hitters,
and with that weirdly-shaped outfield in Houston, the outfield pretty much
needs to play deep.
It appears to be true, though, that Beltran plays deeper than, say,
Cameron, but it's probably six-of-one, half-dozen-of-the-other.
Score is 4-2, one out, men on 1st and 2nd, bottom of the 9th. Outfield plays
deep to cut off the extra base hit. It's a strategy you can love or hate.
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