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Kc61
04-05-2007, 08:41 AM
Reds big hitters today and tomorrow -- Griffey, Dunn, Hamilton, Votto, Bruce -- all left handed. EE -- right handed.

Notice a trend?

I think the current Reds lineup would be vastly better with a power hitting right handed first baseman. I like Hatt/Conine as a short-term platoon, but they are not impact guys.

I don't mean that Kearns should be there. I'm saying, imagine the team with Dunn, Derrick Lee, Griffey, EE in the middle of the order.

Going forward, concerned that there is an imbalance.

edabbs44
04-05-2007, 08:47 AM
The team was built this way starting with the Bowden era due to GABP and the short porch. Griffey, Dunn, Casey, etc etc.

There is a serious lack of RH hitters in the system.

RedlegNation
04-05-2007, 10:10 AM
There is a serious lack of RH hitters in the system.

What about Alex Gonzalez?

pahster
04-05-2007, 04:57 PM
What about Alex Gonzalez?

He's more of a right handed flailer.

M2
04-05-2007, 05:10 PM
You can never have too much left-handed hitting. Note that three of the guys mentioned to start this thread have yet to collect a major league hit, Jr.'s career is winding down and Dunn could be gone as a free agent after 2008.

The Reds problem isn't that the organization lacks enough RH hitting. It's thin on hitters, period.

TC81190
04-05-2007, 05:24 PM
Dunn could be gone as a free agent after 2007.

Fixed (unfortunately.)

Cooper
04-05-2007, 05:38 PM
For this team to succeed they have to squeeze every bit of OBP out of it they can. I am glad to hear Narron, at least, say the right things (i.e. telling Phillips he'd like an OBP of .370 and not to worry about power numbers). The last 3 innings and for that matter the win was a product of looking at a lot of pitches, not giving in, and hitting with hitter's counts. That was good to see -and hopefully OBP will be heavily emphasized. The team has to improve greatly in this area cause they don't have enough hitting talent (read: high BA's) to have good success.

Can a zebra change its stripes?

BRM
04-05-2007, 05:40 PM
A .370 OBP for Phillips? I'd take it and run but I certainly won't count on getting that from him. He'll either have to get much more patient or hit .330 to make it happen.

wheels
04-05-2007, 07:46 PM
To quote Lee Hazelwood, Wayne's gonna have to buy back what he used to give away.