Struggling Players That Need to Be Benched to Turn Around Playoff Series

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Struggling Players That Need to Be Benched to Turn Around Playoff Series
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Will Middlebrooks has not delivered on a promising rookie campaign.

It's late in the game for teams to tinker with their rosters, but lineup changes are in order for the remaining MLB playoff squads.

Small sample sizes are small, so this is not a space to get carried away and blow brief slumps out of proportion. Obviously Dustin Pedroia does not warrant a seat on the bench after registering a .294 slugging percentage in the ALDS. We also won't sit Yasiel Puig for missing a cut-off man or enjoying baseball too much.

It also makes no sense to call for someone's job if a superior alternative does not exist. Pete Kozma sports an uninspiring bat at shortstop, but is Daniel Descalso going to offer anything better? The St. Louis Cardinals have little choice other to accept Kozma's offensive limitations and salvage some defense at the position.

But a select few players have a healthy Plan B breathing down their neck. Not to play the part of Captain Hindsight, but some of these moves probably should have been implemented before the postseason started.

Just in case you don't believe me, one pick is a call I'm sticking by even though his performance has, on the surface, struck down any reason for disapproval.

Let the lineup restructuring begin.





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