Willie Randolph said he’s been sleeping on it for a week, so today he woke up and dropped “Carlos Delgado”:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5178 from fourth to sixth in the order for tonight’s game against the Braves.
“Maybe he won’t feel as much pressure lower in the lineup,” Randolph said.
“We need to get him going. … I feel it in my bones that he’s going to turn it
Delgado isn’t buying the pressure argument. He’s hit clean-up most of his career, so he’s used to pressure. The reason he’s hitting .209 with three homers and 23 RBI is because his mechanics are off and he’s pressing. He said it’s not because of the inherent pressures of hitting cleanup.
“If I don’t do it, nothing will,” Delgado said. “They will pitch me the same
way. (The slump) is the combination of a lot of things. Sometimes I feel the
game is too fast and I don’t feel comfortable.”
What else is going on:
-David Wright was moved from fifth to fourth and Shawn Green moved up to second in the order.
-Orlando Hernandez came through Tuesday’s bullpen session without
problems and could be activated to start Friday at Florida. Randolph did not commit to Hernandez, saying LHP Jason Vargas was still an option.
-John Maine will be pushed back a day in the rotation to Saturday. Because of the off day next Monday after the Florida series, pushing Maine back impacts the rotation the least.