The Aeros returned to Canal Park Monday night and were greeted by a standing-room only crowd that really energized the place.
They also came home with a new look - with struggling outfielder Trevor Crowe batting seventh in the lineup instead of in his usual spot as leadoff. It's a move that had to be made (and probably should have been made two weeks ago).
Crowe entered Monday night's game with the rival Altoona Curve batting a mere .178 in 38 games with 26 strikeouts to 20 walks. He'll show signs of breaking out of his prolonged slump here and there, but has struggled to string together enough good games to shake the funk.
Batting him lower in the lineup has got to help. Plus, as Monday's game showed, moving Crowe down allows second baseman Argenis Reyes to show what he can do in terms of getting on base, stealing second and making the things happen that Crowe just can't do right now.
I don't anticipate Crowe being buried in the order very long. Once he relaxes, takes more pitches and feels less pressure on him, his natural ability will eventually shine through. But until that happens, moving him down in the order is the right thing to do.