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Chase is one of the stars. He is mas
ter at driving ball through a vacated
portion of the infield, and does some
great execution, with Harry Lord
playing ahead of him. On straight
hitting Chase has been off color all
year. He improved somewhat when
shifted from the Yanks, but is still
Saier is in the development stage.
He is not yet at the top of his game.
Were a choice being made for future
seasons, it is fairly certain that Saier
would be "the pick. But this com
parison is only for seven games, and
probably less. The rating must be
made with that in mind.
In a short series Saier's hard bat
ting should more than offset Chase's
wonderful defensive work. Over a
long route the result might be differ
ent. But Saier is no dub as a fielder.
Vic has s developed better than any
youngster seen on the West Side .for
sometime. He is quiet, and this taci
turnity gives many the impression
that he lacks life. Forget it. The
blond boy is working'hard for every
game, and puts everything "he has in
to each contest. He does not ginger
up his mates, as does Chase, but has
plenty of energy himself.
Saier 'can dig the low ones from
his .feet or stab the high heaves. The
' runner who expects to upset him will
find a solid mound of flesh in his path.
The hard smashes of Saier have
won many games for the West Siders
this year, and at this angle alone' he
is strong enough tobe classed with
the best, even if he was a weak field
er. He is not a high-fly hitter or given
much to slapping weak bounders.
i. When he connects with the ball it
travels with a kick.
His smashes against the right field
signboard have-shot against the tin
-with remarkable velocity, dropping
little before they kiss the whisky ad.
On the bases Saier is a speedy run
ner, starts well and slides viciously.
There is the dope. Chase is the' bet
ter fielder. Saier is the hardest hit
ter and faster .baserunner. Which, is
the better qualification?, ,
In the world's series it .will be'Stuf
fy Mclnniss againstlFred Merkle, and
the Mackman should be the class of
Merkle is not a player who rises to
emergencies. He -is a good mechan
ical fielder, and a player of the regu-'
lation McGraw type. -He takes orders
for everything from the bench. In
hitting this season-, he has slid down.t
the line and McGraw-dropped him to
eight place in the "batting order as a
The Giant is liable to hit good
pitching hard. He has a free -swing,
and is-a long-distance clouter-when
he manages to drive the ball safe.
But against Bender he is liable to
find the going difficult Merkle does
not like speed. Plank will also give
him some trouble, though not as
much as Bender.
Like all the Giants, Merkle can run
bases, and has the edge on Mclnniss
here. Lumping his abilities, he is a
good, average first-baseman, well fit
ted tofit in as a cog in the McGraw
machine. Individually he is inferior
to first basemen in both leagues.
Mclnniss was made into a first
baseman by Mack after he had failed
"What can you say of 'the Medea
"I never kept track of those minor
league teams!", -
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