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Phhhl
04-29-2006, 02:05 AM
The guy is on a pace to steal 45-50 bases and hit around 20 homers. That's Barry Larkin territory in his best years. His defense has also improved. I remember the days when I would confuse Aaron Boone and Lopez (during the ill-fated Boone to second experiment) because both players basically wound up like Tom Seaver to deliver the ball to first base. He couldn't turn a double play because he was slow, and it really looked like it he would ole grounders and not get down on others trying to rush plays... because of the throws.

All that has changed. Lopez is a really, REALLY good player now. Grossly underrated. When I think of how this team is different than the ones that started strong in the last five years only to fade in the second half, I don't think it's pitching. I think it is the 1-2 punch of Freel and Lopez at the top of the order. They remind me a great deal of Pierre and Castillo at the top of the 2003 World Champion Marlins... only with a greater propensity for getting on base. Manning the most important defensive position on the field well, I would argue that Lopez might be the most valuable position player on this team moving forward. The new ownership would be well-advised to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible, because I think Lopez may be the type of player you build an offense around.

harangatang
04-29-2006, 02:16 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if Lopez is leading off in this line up before long. I think Freel will see his playing time go by the wayside when Jr. comes back and having Phillips at 2b now.

GridironGrace
04-29-2006, 04:23 AM
yea Lopez is showing the Speed I think he could handle the leadoff slot when Freel wasnt in the lineup.

VI_RedsFan
04-29-2006, 10:34 AM
I wouldn't be surprised to see Freel traded. Griffey is coming back, and Phillips is tearing it up, so where would Freel play?

If I was Krivskey, I would offer up Freel and LaRue/Valentin for a GOOD starting pitcher and a GOOD reliever or two.

Highlifeman21
04-29-2006, 03:17 PM
And Lopez booted a routine ball off Berkman's bat today, which just emphasizes the need to either have him magically get better defensively, or try him at 2B and Phillips at SS, or find some sort of defensive wiz at SS and move Lopez to 2B.

And why he tried to drag bunt when he batted in the bottom 1/2 of that inning, I'll never know.