It was something that one would think could only possibly happen in MLB2k7 or MVP Baseball 2005. It was no video game simulation, John McDonald hit a 3-run game winning home run. Let that sink in for a minute.
With his epic 3 for 4 night, Tao of Stieb pointed out earlier today that Johnny Mac has actually surpassed Kevin Millar in terms of OPS numbers. At least Millar is aware of the fact that he hasn’t been all that great at the plate this year. In yesterday’s live chat on Bluejays.com, he seemed remorseful:
“I didn’t do a great job with my role, to be as consistent as I wish I could have been … sorry I didn’t hit higher this year for you guys off of the bench”
It’s hard to hate on a guy who knows that he hasn’t been pulling his weight this year. I know I’ve been tough on Millar lately, but it seems like Cito Gaston is setting him up for disappointment when he puts him in the cleanup spot.
Millar is not suited to be a number four hitter, but if his manager puts him in there then Millar has to go out there and do his best. Statistically, Millar hits best in the seven spot (.267 AVG) as opposed to the cleanup spot (.186 AVG).
Last time I checked, isn’t it the manager’s job to realize where their players are best suited to hit in the lineup?