The way Plouffe has been jerked around, it is no surprise he is hitting like crap. Like many players, they need to give him extended time to show what he is. It seems as if there is no plan as to what direction to take the team. Sometimes they try this, then try that. What are they trying to do?
Too high a GB percent to hit in the #2
I also agree if Mauer is going to bat #3 he needs to hit for more power, or he needs to realize he is a really really good number #2 hitter, and put him there.
Good post and ideas.
He's such an elite contact hitter, and the skills are so impressive, that I agree that he might be able to start "trying" for more power. He's the same guy that participated in the HR derby a few years ago, and just a few weeks ago in Baltimore I saw him hit balls in batting practice that came pretty close to Eutaw Street.