Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Billy Hall Conundrum

I didn't attend UWM, so I don't have an abiding man-love for everything Bill Hall. Just because his name fits with the "Bruce-clap-clap-clap-clap-Pearl-clap-clap-clap-clap" cheer and he has a couple of game winning hits does not make him a good ball player. He is your classic Hop On fan favorite. "He did something cool at a game I went to once so I'll love him forever" pretty much sums up his fans.

That being said, here's my pro and con list on whether to platoon or not to platoon Billy.

To platoon
  • Maybe this is some Ned Yost psych-out bullshit to get Billy pissed and hungry. It certainly seemed to work last night
  • Billy is about 1 for 387 against righties this year
Not to platoon
  • Russell BRAN-YAN swings and misses more than Bobbo hunting for 'tang for Philly. Note, this is note a rip on Philly, just a comment on how creepy Bobbo can be - in a demented skinny guy sort of way
  • Branyan is a downgrade defensively. I understand that Billy has had his struggles lately, but, come on, there's a reason Billy was brought in last night
  • Branyan runs the bases like Frankenstein, at least Billy can provide some speed
  • This could destroy any confidence Billy has left
  • This could negatively impact the clubhouse b/c, from what I can see, Billy is a popular player

There you have it, an exhaustive list (kinda, not really). I think Billy should be playing every day, even though I think he is overrated. After all, we have no place else to go.


Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

A agree that Billy should be playing everyday. That 2-5-3 double play he was a part of yesterday, yeah, there is no way that Branyan or Counsell could have done that. They don't have the arm or the physical ability to do that. Yeah Billy is a strike out guy. Yeah he reaches a lot. Sure he might boot a ball every now and again. Branyan should not be playing the National League. Maybe he could be a DH...maybe.

FPMKE said...

Philly's tongue-ring is its own wingman... enough said.