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1 hour ago, LA2 said:

The O's are desperate for hits and so they're gradually getting him more at-bats. Eventually they want him on base when homers happens.

I don't see how batting seventh contributes to that. He may or may not get one additional AB, but he's hitting in front of the team's weakest hitters.

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9 minutes ago, spiritof66 said:

Often it won't because only one OFer has a shot at the ball. Think of great catches by OFers, and most of them involve one guy chasing the ball with no one else too close. But when the ball is between two fielders and, as was the case here, the CFer is taking the catch away from a closer corner outfielder, you have to call the other guy off or you're likely to get what happened here. 

If that's the case, I'm sure he will next time.

The ball went fully into Mullen's glove. I don't think Mancini distracted him from holding onto it. He may have been one of many influences.

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13 minutes ago, spiritof66 said:

I don't see how batting seventh contributes to that. He may or may not get one additional AB, but he's hitting in front of the team's weakest hitters.

Sorry not to have been more explicit. It's his third game in the majors and he's taking over for a local legend in the field. I can understand why Buck hasn't immediately slotted him at leadoff or second in the lineup. Eventually he'll be ahead of the power hitters, who are bunched in the middle of the lineup--maybe as soon as two weeks from now. Rickard and Joseph batting behind Mullins today are no weaker than Peterson, who is batting leadoff this game. I would assume that Villar or Mullins are in Peterson's slot fairly soon unless Peterson gets hot.

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Just now, LA2 said:

Sorry not to have been more explicit. It's his third game in the majors and he's taking over for a local legend in the field. I can understand why Buck hasn't immediately slotted him at leadoff or second in the lineup. Eventually he'll be ahead of the power hitters, who are bunched in the middle of the lineup--maybe as soon as two weeks from now. Rickard and Joseph batting behind Mullins today are no weaker than Peterson, batting leadoff this game.

Agreed. That's why I'd bat him ninth (and Peterson eighth). 

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22 minutes ago, spiritof66 said:

Agreed. That's why I'd bat him ninth (and Peterson eighth). 

Well he's up now in the third with the bases loaded vs a RHP (Mullins' stronger side). Better to have him up rather than Joseph, Rickard, or Peterson in this situation. That's why the lineup is constructed this way (more consequential At-bats for Mullins), but unfortuntately he just grounded out.

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4 hours ago, Frobby said:

Oh, I believe you, it’s just challenging sometimes.    If I say Adam Jones is a very smart baserunner, am I implying other African American players are not?   If I say he is not a disciplined hitter, am I implying that’s because African American players are not disciplined?    If I say Nick Markakis has great instincts, is that okay, whereas if I say Adam Jones has great instincts, am I implying that African American players get by on natural ability rather than hard work?    But if I say Adam Jones is a hard worker, am I implying most African American players don’t work hard? It can be quite a dilemma.     

Anyway, sorry to digress.   

I see what you are saying. This is the thing. You should see the faces of people who have spoken to you over the phone when they see you for the first time and their jaw hits the floor because they can't believe you don't look like you sound. It's fairly insulting when people say I never would have thought you were black as if that is a compliment in itself. Anyway, enough about this for me. I've said my peace and tried to articulate it as well as I can. (Yes, intended) :).

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1 hour ago, LA2 said:

Sorry not to have been more explicit. It's his third game in the majors and he's taking over for a local legend in the field. I can understand why Buck hasn't immediately slotted him at leadoff or second in the lineup. Eventually he'll be ahead of the power hitters, who are bunched in the middle of the lineup--maybe as soon as two weeks from now. Rickard and Joseph batting behind Mullins today are no weaker than Peterson, who is batting leadoff this game. I would assume that Villar or Mullins are in Peterson's slot fairly soon unless Peterson gets hot.

And what power hitters would that be?

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Mullins offensive profile seems like it would fit better in the 6th or 7th hole to me.  I don't think he's going to get on base at a super high rate.  Has some moderate power.  Being a fast guy with a smaller build is the main reason people are assuming he will be a leadoff or no. 2 hitter.  I think McKenna and even Stewart may profile better as leadoff hitters.  

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So what is the general consensus on Mullins ceiling? I feel like, due to the circumstances, he’s almost burdening the load of our hero. I know we are all finally excited to be excited, but I’m just asking because I don’t know.

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I happened to tune in briefly and saw Mullins try to throw home to cut down a runner trying to score from 2B on a ground single when the score was 5-3.     The throw bounced before the pitcher’s mound.    Reports of his “fringe” arm may have been generous, if that’s any indication.

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8 minutes ago, Frobby said:

I happened to tune in briefly and saw Mullins try to throw home to cut down a runner trying to score from 2B on a ground single when the score was 5-3.     The throw bounced before the pitcher’s mound.    Reports of his “fringe” arm may have been generous, if that’s any indication.

Yeah, it was pretty bad. 

I can deal with a sketchy arm though, if the trade off is he's getting to more balls and making more catches, than AJ was.

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Did anyone see his PO at 2B on Holt?  I was looking for a video but didn't find one.  If anyone knows the inning I can look it up.  Thanks.

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2 hours ago, Frobby said:

I happened to tune in briefly and saw Mullins try to throw home to cut down a runner trying to score from 2B on a ground single when the score was 5-3.     The throw bounced before the pitcher’s mound.    Reports of his “fringe” arm may have been generous, if that’s any indication.

Al Bumbry, as quoted by Dan Connolly   https://theathletic.com/469296/2018/08/12/theyve-been-there-bumbry-bordick-and-dempsey-discuss-navigating-changes-and-jones-mullins-dynamic/

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On Jones’ career as a center fielder: “He’s a guy that played well in center field, read the ball well off the bat, took good routes to the balls, but he had some balls hit over his head. But he made the adjustments, to his credit. He has an outstanding arm — that’s something I didn’t have. I could track the ball down, I could run the ball down, but I couldn’t throw. I was not in the league that Adam is in when it comes to throwing. So he had a lot of good things working for him, his speed, his ability to track the ball, good routes and great arm to throw people out.”

 

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2 hours ago, Flacco Machado said:

Yeah, it was pretty bad. 

I can deal with a sketchy arm though, if the trade off is he's getting to more balls and making more catches, than AJ was.

And if thinks work out perfectly than by this time next year he'll be an extremely rangy left fielder.

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