Counter-point to the last paragraph. Bell won’t be up for very long (Felix Pie is coming back soon), and I think it makes sense to let Bell focus on his hitting for the next week or however long it may be. As you said, there are holes in his game there.
Is Markakis and Scott the only guys with any patience on this team? We GOTta get someone who can take a pitch because the ones that don’t take any, aren’t making anything happen with said pitches. Jones is starting to heat up pretty good, but Tejada has been around .250-260 now for quite a while and Wieters hasn’t improved his patience much at all either. Bell definitely has some real potential though so I agree, keep him up there and let him work on his game, it’s not like we’re going anywhere up in the near future. Why not just move Tejada back to short for now? Who else is gonna do it, Izturis and freakin’ Lugo? Come on.
It’s not clear to me how Scott can qualify as a patient hitter while Wieters does not. Matt sees slightly more pitches per plate appearance than Luke. He gets to 3-1 in about 13% of PAs which is well above average. And nobody on the team swings at the first pitch more than Luke Scott, not even Jones or Tejada. I think Matt’s problem is less patience than plate discipline. He’s swinging at too many balls and taking too many strikes.