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TC81190
05-04-2006, 09:58 AM
What's up with this guy? Last year at this time he was absolutely on fire...this year, not so much...

252/323/374 for a 697 OPS. :eek:

What's happening with him? He's my favorite player; this is starting to freak me out.

OnBaseMachine
05-04-2006, 10:04 AM
It's just a slump, nothing to be worried about yet, IMO. Just Less than ten days ago he was OPSing at .830. Two weeks ago - .875. The season is young, one little 0-for-15 streak and it will make your numbers look pretty bad. If he is still OPSing at .697 half way through June, then you may have something to be worried about, but not right now. Too early. My opinion is, his OPS will be back around the .800 area by the end of the season.

lollipopcurve
05-04-2006, 10:08 AM
He needs a day off every now and then, and Narron has not given him that.

Reds1
05-04-2006, 10:50 AM
Well maybe Friday Phillips goes to short, Freel to 2nd and Griffey to 2B and he can get his day off. Even with Aurilia hurt we are deep in flexibility. He's young though. You have to fight through it. He had a nice hit last night and a couple hits the night before. Just a good pitcher on top of his game now last night.

Heath
05-04-2006, 10:53 AM
What's up with this guy? Last year at this time he was absolutely on fire...this year, not so much...

252/323/374 for a 697 OPS. :eek:

What's happening with him? He's my favorite player; this is starting to freak me out.

History Lesson - for about 15 years we had a shortstop who never could play in April or May. For some odd reason, just after Mother's Day, when Spring Time would permiate the landcape of Porkopolis, this gentleman who tear up the remainder of year (Injuries not-withstanding).

The guy's name was Barry Larkin.

BTW - If you are worried about Lopez, and the Reds are still 19-9...you have to really like the team's chances.

Kc61
05-04-2006, 11:33 AM
Well maybe Friday Phillips goes to short, Freel to 2nd and Griffey to 2B and he can get his day off. Even with Aurilia hurt we are deep in flexibility. He's young though. You have to fight through it. He had a nice hit last night and a couple hits the night before. Just a good pitcher on top of his game now last night.

If they need backup, don't forget Olmedo who is doing well in AAA and is more than adequate as a backup middle infielder.

flyer85
05-04-2006, 11:36 AM
He is not swinging the bat well at the moment. There still has to be some concern as to whether 2005 was a new level of performance or a 1 year aberration. Only time will answer that question.

oneupper
05-04-2006, 12:36 PM
If they need backup, don't forget Olmedo who is doing well in AAA and is more than adequate as a backup middle infielder.

Olmedo had a great winter also, hitting over .350 and making a push for the batting title in Venezuela (won by Ronny Cedeņo). Hit 8 homers, also.

KronoRed
05-04-2006, 04:04 PM
Well maybe Friday Phillips goes to short, Freel to 2nd and Griffey to 2B and he can get his day off.
JR to 2nd?!?


;)

oneupper
05-04-2006, 05:19 PM
JR to 2nd?!?


;)


Second batter in the order. He's played there before. :) :)

Rojo
05-04-2006, 05:58 PM
But you gotta like the fact that he's 10-fer-10 on the basepaths.

Red in Chicago
05-05-2006, 12:28 AM
has anyone noticed lately that several of his throws to first base are very low or at the very least cause the first baseman to stretch a great deal...

toledodan
05-05-2006, 12:31 AM
BP needs a day off as well.

wheels
05-05-2006, 01:21 AM
It's funny how a scant week ago, people had annointed him the team's franchise player, and now after a bad twenty or so at bats, the hand wringing begins.

It's really best to remain level headed, for it's an incredibly long season.

penantboundreds
05-05-2006, 08:02 AM
This has to stop....baseball is a 162 game season...let them play, talking about what is best for the team or something like that is one thing but critiquing an individuals measly 10 games of a season is ridiculous

oneupper
05-05-2006, 09:11 AM
If Narron is smart, he'll use the time Aurilia is on the DL to give Olmedo some starts at SS and 2B. Lopez and Phillips have been playing non-stop and look like they could use some mental "refreshing".

In particular Lopez looks like he's desperate and pressing.

As much as we like to see the "regulars" in there every day, the bench is pretty decent right now and Narron should rotate the scrubs in every so often.

TC81190
05-05-2006, 09:22 AM
If Narron is smart, he'll use the time Aurilia is on the DL to give Olmedo some starts at SS and 2B. Lopez and Phillips have been playing non-stop and look like they could use some mental "refreshing".

In particular Lopez looks like he's desperate and pressing.

As much as we like to see the "regulars" in there every day, the bench is pretty decent right now and Narron should rotate the scrubs in every so often.

We really don't have any scrubs on the bench (other than McCracken). All the players are generally starting quality.

GAC
05-05-2006, 09:32 AM
People panic too much. Some players have slow/bad months when you break their season down.

Last year, guys like Casey, Jr, and Dunn had a couple of subpar monthly performances. But what did they do overall?

Evaluate Felipe (and any player), not on a monthly basis (not fair IMO), but the season overall.

And I really don't follow, or agree with, this "days off" approach. I'm currently reading "Cincinnati and the Big Red Machine" by "Hub" Walker. A really great book which gives a first hand look at what went on in the clubhouse, team chemistry, relationships between the players, etc.

But trying to get any of those guys out of the lineup, even for a day (and these guys played on astroturf) was an impossibility. It mentioned one situation where Sparky wanted to give Morgan a day off because he didn't hit too well against Koosman. When Morgan saw the lineup that day sparks were flying in the office with Sparky. Morgan played. That's just the way it was.

I could just see trying to give other members of the BRM days off.

You play out of slump.... not sitting on the bench thinking about it.

Now - when a player goes 1 for 18, everyone is screaming that they need a day off.

What is it with today's ballplayers, whose conditioning has them in such tip-top shape?

reds44
05-05-2006, 10:22 AM
Felipe is a very streaky player. Remember late last year when he went 0-22?

People were freaking out when Edwin starter slow (even though it was 2 game) no need to panic.

Dom Heffner
05-05-2006, 10:38 AM
What is it with today's ballplayers, whose conditioning has them in such tip-top shape?


I don't think people are suggesting these guys need a day off because they are physically tired, necessarily.

I sit on my tail all day long, but I tell ya, a day off here and there to renenergize my mind does wonders.

These guys need a mental break sometimes to clear their head.

TC81190
05-05-2006, 10:41 AM
Also, I wonder investing in a sports psychologist would be wise?

GAC
05-05-2006, 10:49 AM
Put a Sigmeud Floyd in the dugout then! :D

WebScorpion
05-05-2006, 11:49 AM
I heard they're gonna give him and Dunn Monday off! :p:

Dom Heffner
05-05-2006, 01:40 PM
I heard they're gonna give him and Dunn Monday off!


Are you being serious? I hope they get a day off, but I don't like it being the same day.

pedro
05-05-2006, 01:44 PM
Are you being serious? I hope they get a day off, but I don't like it being the same day.

everybody is getting day off monday. the Reds don't play

BRM
05-05-2006, 01:45 PM
nm - Pedro beat me to it.

Dom Heffner
05-05-2006, 01:57 PM
I am smart, but sometimes...ya know...I don't get there as quickly as I used to. :)

GAC
05-06-2006, 06:36 AM
I am smart, but sometimes...ya know...I don't get there as quickly as I used to. :)

Welcome to the club Dom. :lol:

http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/images/031007.jpg

BoydsOfSummer
05-06-2006, 02:55 PM
Put a Sigmeud Floyd in the dugout then! :D

Any relation to Pink?

KronoRed
05-06-2006, 03:56 PM
Any relation to Pink?
We don't need hippies in the dugout.

GAC
05-06-2006, 10:42 PM
We don't need hippies in the dugout.

Have you seen Arroyo?

Dom Heffner
05-06-2006, 10:46 PM
Anyone see Felipe's IPHR? Must have been cool.

And yes, GAC, I am in the Gump club. Big time. :)

GAC
05-06-2006, 10:51 PM
Anyone see Felipe's IPHR? Must have been cool.

And yes, GAC, I am in the Gump club. Big time. :)

He was huffin n puffin around them bases! :lol:

The CFer was standing there waiting for the caroom and it took a weird bounce.

KronoRed
05-06-2006, 11:40 PM
Have you seen Arroyo?
He's more macho then hippe:D

GAC
05-07-2006, 06:54 AM
He's more macho then hippe:D

He's a beanpole who probably weighs 160 lbs soppin' wet. :lol:

WebScorpion
05-08-2006, 02:21 PM
It's funny that this thread is still around now that FeLo is warming up a bit. Freel and Phillips are the ones who are cold now. :eek: When Phillips goes cold it looks like he freezes solid ... it's a good thing he can play some 'D'. ;)

KronoRed
05-08-2006, 02:59 PM
Streak hitter, for a few weeks he'll be MVP..then he'll be easy out number 7.