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03-09-2009, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff VanRichards View Post
Honestly guys, I think we will grow to like Ibanez...not that it matters too much, but he seems like a great guy in the interviews. He won't be streaky like Burrell, which will make our offense more consistent (which has ALWAYS been a problem). Burrell trumps Ibanez in OPS and OBP, which are by far the best qualities to have in a hitter, however, I think we can live without him. We have Utley and Werth who are fantastic OPS/OBP players, Werth obviously coming onto the scene just the past 2 years, but he will, IMO take over Burrell's spot in the order. I don't think Manuel will have Utley, Howard, Ibanez in order, even though Utley and Ibanez are good against lefties.

I will miss Burrell (especially laughing at him running at full speed), but Ibanez's BA and OBP should be about .40 higher than Burrell's.

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