WILY MO? I DON'T KNOW
As usual, I don't know how I feel when Jimbo brings in another one of his old Reds' pieces form the old days. No doubt, a focused and healthy Wily Mo Pena can do a lot for the Nationals.
I'm just not entirely sure the team still needs to be collecting talented players who are not performing.
Manny Acta has announced that Pena will platoon with Ryan Church in left field, at least for the time being. At first blush, this move makes sense. Pena has a career .248 batting average vs. lefties, .271 vs. righties. Though Ryan Church has hit both well during his career, he's having trouble this year against lefties. I think Church has proven that he's not an everyday player, I'd rather see him platoon with Austin Kearns than Pena. Kearns hits .253 vs righties, .295 against lefties.
Kearns has proven he's not the electric bat all of us thought he would be in the outfield. Church has proven the same thing. Pena, on the other hand, has proven nothing yet. Why not platoon Church and Kearns, leave Nook Logan in center (until the end of the year at least) and let Pena do his thing in left for the last six weeks of the year.
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