Originally written January 06, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
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Believe it or not, but the Pittsburgh Pirates have the makings of a pretty good lineup and Garrett Jones is a big part of that. He’s not a great batter who you can count on to deliver when your team needs it most, but once October rolls around you seem to find yourself saying, “Hmm, I don’t remember Jones being that good.” Last year Jones turned what had always been his Achilles’ heel — his batting average — into, well, not his Achilles’ heel. In fact, Jones even managed to bat .289 against right-handed pitchers last year, pushing his career average versus righties up to .279. He’s always struggled against southpaws (.189 last year, career .198), so you need to have a platoon option on your fantasy team’s bench, but if you play the matchups right you can get above average production from Jones at very little expense. Toss in 25+ homer power and some good RBI chances batting fourth behind Starling Marte (keep an eye on him), Neil Walker, and Andrew McCutchen, and you have the makings...
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