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Captain Hook
05-12-2009, 11:50 AM
There has been endless talk about what needs done to improve our outfield.Right now I think we are looking pretty good in the outfield.Now that Nix is hot and Willy T is exceeding expectations is it necessary to trade anyone to acquire another outfielder?I love our pitching dept and would hate to give up any of it along with prospects to get a old expensive bat if we don't need to.

The question is.Is Nix just hot or is he capable of keeping it up.I don't know if he can keep it up but I'm really hoping he can.This guy could end up saving the team a ton in prospects and money.Not to mention he is helping the team win a lot of games with his bat and his defense.

Dude Rock
05-12-2009, 11:53 AM
I'd like to know the distance on that home run Nix hit last night. Dead center field about 20-30 feet up on the wall. Unreal.

xavr1
05-12-2009, 11:57 AM
I think Nix is the answer given our current roster, yes. He is the only one (save Gomes if he heats up) with the skills to be an everyday guy in my opinion.

For what its worth, I read this on Yahoo today:

Layne Nix had a couple of hits (including a homer) in Cincinnati's win at Arizona, but this looks like a story that's going to end badly; when you've got 16 strikeouts over 52 at-bats, you're not supposed to be carrying a .327 average. Nix kept the left-field spot warm last week with a host of single-hit games, but even Dusty Baker is bound to realize the reality of the situation at some point later this month and start open auditions again.

PedroBourbon
05-12-2009, 11:58 AM
With the multitude of OF's we were all discussing over the spring, I too am surprised that Nix has done so well. I don't know that he is the LONG TERM answer, but he does deserve the Lefty role in our lefty/righty platoon in LF. I would think Dickerson or Ronald McDonald are headed down.

Brutus
05-12-2009, 01:17 PM
I think Nix is the answer given our current roster, yes. He is the only one (save Gomes if he heats up) with the skills to be an everyday guy in my opinion.

For what its worth, I read this on Yahoo today:

Layne Nix had a couple of hits (including a homer) in Cincinnati's win at Arizona, but this looks like a story that's going to end badly; when you've got 16 strikeouts over 52 at-bats, you're not supposed to be carrying a .327 average. Nix kept the left-field spot warm last week with a host of single-hit games, but even Dusty Baker is bound to realize the reality of the situation at some point later this month and start open auditions again.

The person at Yahoo! that wrote that is, in my humble opinion, a Yahoo!

Nix has great pop. He's patient at the plate. He can go opposite field, if for no other reason he's so strong that he can drive the ball down the left field line with an inside-out swing. And what's more is that he's showing an ability to play solid defense out there.

Though he may not wind up batting .327 (he has a very high, most likely unsustainable BABIP), the pop he's shown is absolutely legit, IMHO.

We're dealing with sample size issues, but anyone watching him up at the plate right now can see the talent is there. He's no fluke.

I would like to see the Reds call up Jonny Gomes. I think you have a real productive platoon with Nix against righties and Gomes against lefties.

schmidty622
05-12-2009, 01:40 PM
The person at Yahoo! that wrote that is, in my humble opinion, a Yahoo!

Nix has great pop. He's patient at the plate. He can go opposite field, if for no other reason he's so strong that he can drive the ball down the left field line with an inside-out swing. And what's more is that he's showing an ability to play solid defense out there.

Though he may not wind up batting .327 (he has a very high, most likely unsustainable BABIP), the pop he's shown is absolutely legit, IMHO.

We're dealing with sample size issues, but anyone watching him up at the plate right now can see the talent is there. He's no fluke.

I would like to see the Reds call up Jonny Gomes. I think you have a real productive platoon with Nix against righties and Gomes against lefties.


I agree 100%. The Reds should most certainly have Gomes up over McDonald. Gomes has hit lefties to the tune of a .369 .510 .879 line over his career. He would make an ideal partner with Nix in left to keep pop in our lineup when a lefty toes the rubber against us.

The only concern I would have with Gomes is his defense.

Ghosts of 1990
05-12-2009, 02:01 PM
It should be Nix, Bruce, Taveras every night unless someone gets hurt. Those three are getting it done and have earned it. Just pray for no injuries.

schmidty622
05-12-2009, 02:21 PM
Nix has been downright dreadful against lefties in his career. I don't mind Nix getting the majority of the time but why put him out there in a situation that he won't succeed in?

fewfirstchoice
05-12-2009, 02:23 PM
They announced Nix homerun to center traveled a est. 433 feet lat night on TV. They said Rosales went 424 feet also.

big boy
05-12-2009, 02:25 PM
I'd like to see Stubbs get a shot at some point but Nix is fine by me for now.

Dude Rock
05-12-2009, 02:41 PM
I'm not ready to nix Nix yet.

Griffey012
05-12-2009, 02:56 PM
Nix strikeout numbers dont worry me. He has struck out 5 times in 8 ab's against lefties, and he should never be hitting against a lefty anyway. Against righties he has struck out 1 our of 4 ab's which isnt a horrible number by any means. Not nearly in Dickerson territory who strikes out 1/3 ab's against righties. I think he can be the answer, the guy has always had the talent just always had the injuries.

Think Ryan Ludwick on STL last year.

Brutus
05-12-2009, 04:54 PM
It should be Nix, Bruce, Taveras every night unless someone gets hurt. Those three are getting it done and have earned it. Just pray for no injuries.

I agree with Schmidty regarding Nix against left-handers. I think Nix has earned playing most days, but his OPS this year against lefties is something in the neighborhood of .350. Sample size issues still, but he's had a very poor track record in his career against southpaws.

Just because he's been so poor against left-handers, I can see why someone would not call him an 'everyday' starter, but he sure is hitting the ball right now.

Kingspoint
05-12-2009, 04:57 PM
Nix is part of the answer.

I'm assuming the question is, "Who plays LF for the REDS in 2009?"

The panic mode was incredible this off-season regarding the question. It wasn't that difficult to find an answer to the question, as you can see. No trade had to be made, no $80M dollar contract had to be given to anyone. It was, and still is, a very simple question with a very simple answer.

Captain Hook
05-12-2009, 06:39 PM
Nix is part of the answer.

I'm assuming the question is, "Who plays LF for the REDS in 2009?"

The panic mode was incredible this off-season regarding the question. It wasn't that difficult to find an answer to the question, as you can see. No trade had to be made, no $80M dollar contract had to be given to anyone. It was, and still is, a very simple question with a very simple answer.

Your right.Off-season questions like who's going to play LF is something that is far less important then past questions like who is going to be the 3rd ,4th, 5th starter and closer.The easier questions marks can sometimes find a way to work their selves out.The other question marks lead to 90 loss seasons.

PhillipsHead
05-12-2009, 06:52 PM
At this point, we have some talent in left field. I think we are good with standing pat and playing who's hot at the right time. Nix is the answer right now, and Dusty needs to stick with him for now...

DaytonFlyer
05-13-2009, 08:04 AM
Nix looks like he might be starting to regress towards the mean...

Time to put Dickerson back in! He's due for some hits, right???

Captain Hook
05-16-2009, 11:24 PM
We have Gonzales back at SS and will soon have EE back at 3B.At least the right guy is playing in LF.

Kingspoint
05-18-2009, 02:37 PM
Nice to see Dickerson have a good game on Sunday.

bgwilly31
05-18-2009, 02:48 PM
I thought he only had 1 hit^^^ >?

Nix had a terrible game. 0-3 3k's.

Dude Rock
05-18-2009, 02:54 PM
I thought he only had 1 hit^^^ >?

Nix had a terrible game. 0-3 3k's.

......yet we let Bruce's recent struggles completely slide. :rolleyes:

Jay is slowly turning into Adam Dunn lite.........except for that golden arm of his in RF.

Brutus
05-18-2009, 05:04 PM
I thought he only had 1 hit^^^ >?

Nix had a terrible game. 0-3 3k's.

He did. And he's striking out 30% of his at-bats this season. All the while only having about a 6% walk rate.

But here are Nix's numbers right now:

.294 BA
3 HR
9 RBI
14 XBH in 74 PA (19%)
.338 OBP / .603 SLG / .941 OPS
27% Line drives
4.07 P/PA (3.80 is about league average)

And he's played pretty good defense to boot. If he were qualified, defensively, his zone rating would put him comparable to the top 10 major league left fielders.

I still don't know what to make of Nix. Is he a star in the making? Perhaps not. But is he a serviceable left-fielder and one that has provided a clear upgrade to the position? Absolutely.

I don't know if Nix will ever be an everyday player, simply because he really struggles against lefties. This year, despite his success, that has not been an exception in this limited sample (.300 OPS thanks to a 1-for-10 effort). So for that reason, I still advocate a platoon. But against right-handers... he sure has been something to write home about thus far.

bgwilly31
05-18-2009, 08:49 PM
......yet we let Bruce's recent struggles completely slide. :rolleyes:

Jay is slowly turning into Adam Dunn lite.........except for that golden arm of his in RF.



I dont let him slide. i yell at him like he's a child everytime he swings at a breaking ball that bounces in front of the plate.

even though nix SO rate isnt that great. i hate SO's. i still like him better than dickerson at this point.

Ghosts of 1990
05-18-2009, 11:24 PM
......yet we let Bruce's recent struggles completely slide. :rolleyes:

Jay is slowly turning into Adam Dunn lite.........except for that golden arm of his in RF.

Not really.

Bruce is not striking out, and look at this:

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/FantasySourceFastball/entry/view/24179/accuscore_comparison_bruce_vs._soriano

Bruce is only hitting .252 in 532 career major league at-bats, but there is optimism for him to improve that. He has cut his strikeout rate to 19.8 percent, a lower mark than at any previous level. He also hit .315 in the minor leagues. Looking even deeper, Bruce's BABIP this season is just .229. Once that returns to normal (.298 BABIP in 2008), Bruce could easily best Soriano in average and, as a result, power numbers.

Bruce is hitting the ball hard right at people. He's been doing it all year. Plus you add in the gold glove defense he's playing in right. He's virtually nothign like Dunn.

BLEEDS
05-19-2009, 08:20 AM
If the question is "Who is the ugliest Left Fielder in all of MLB?" then, yes, he is the answer.

Sorry Laynce, but you've got a face even a mother hesitates to love...

PEACE

-BLEEDS

Dude Rock
05-19-2009, 12:27 PM
If the question is "Who is the ugliest Left Fielder in all of MLB?" then, yes, he is the answer.

Sorry Laynce, but you've got a face even a mother hesitates to love...

PEACE

-BLEEDS

I think the dude is cool looking. Of course, in a total heterosexual kind of way. :D Seriously, he looks like a football player.

PhillipsHead
05-19-2009, 01:07 PM
Nix should stay. Even with that bad Sunday game, I felt like he was the only threat in our lineup...

Bumstead
05-19-2009, 01:16 PM
The Reds don't have a LF unless Dickerson starts to hit and catch again. Nix is a 5th OF at best who happened to start out hot. Hopefully Dickerson will get more AB's and start hitting otherwise we are going to have to suffer with Nix confronting reality shortly.

Of course, Dusty should play him as long as he is hot, but he's only a placeholder until the Reds find a real LF; he's no long-term solution IMHO.

Bum

Rockermann
05-19-2009, 01:49 PM
I think the dude is cool looking. Of course, in a total heterosexual kind of way. :D Seriously, he looks like a football player.

I agree. But, he looks like he should have starred in the recent series, "Prison Break". :)

RedLakerFan24
05-19-2009, 01:55 PM
Encarnacion, Bailey, Stubbs, Moloney for Adrian Beltre and Eric Berdard, Then trade Arroyo to the Yankees for Nothing in Return but let them pay for most of Arroyos Salary

1. Willy Taveras CF
2. Jerry Harriston LF
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Brandon Phillips 2B
7. Ramon Hernandez C
8. Alex Gonzalez SS


1. Aaron Harang
2. Edison Volquez
3. Johny Cueto
4. Erick Bedard
5. Micah Owings

Bumstead
05-19-2009, 02:31 PM
So...we make those trades and the Reds don't get noticeably better...why make any trades if the result is Hairston in LF???? We already have good enough pitching to compete; we need to add a bat, and not add one only to subtract one...otherwise, we have the same problem: not enough offense to compete when our pitchers have an off night.

Bum