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xavr1
05-25-2009, 01:31 PM
Hit safely in each game he's played with the big club. Just hit an RBI single in the first as I type this. Great to see him bringing a relatively hot bat with a little pop to this lineup. I would love to see him and Nix platoon exclusively.

WILD THING
05-25-2009, 01:41 PM
Hit safely in each game he's played with the big club. Just hit an RBI single in the first as I type this. Great to see him bringing a relatively hot bat with a little pop to this lineup. I would love to see him and Nix platoon exclusively.

That's what I've been calling for. I feel that would be a very productive LF.

Maldez
05-25-2009, 02:42 PM
Along with Adam Rosales, I love the shot of adrenalin he's giving this club.

schmidty622
05-25-2009, 02:44 PM
I'd rather see McDonald out there. ;)

reds1869
05-25-2009, 03:15 PM
I'd rather see McDonald out there. ;)

So would the National League. :D

Brutus
05-25-2009, 04:06 PM
Hit safely in each game he's played with the big club. Just hit an RBI single in the first as I type this. Great to see him bringing a relatively hot bat with a little pop to this lineup. I would love to see him and Nix platoon exclusively.

It really should not be a surprise as there was a reason a lot of people (myself included) were saying the guy needed to be up with the Reds. He could provide a real productive platoon with he and Nix. Throw in Dickerson as a replacement for Taveras or Bruce once in a while, and you've got a solid outfield.

cbowen2112
05-25-2009, 04:20 PM
I'm with you Brutus! I have been calling for Gomes to come pick this club up for a while. Actually, when he was sent down after his Spring, I could not believe it. After I watched opening day with McDonald looking sloppy, I still couldn't believe it, and then finally the call up. Took a bit, but he's here and contributing a lot.

Ghosts of 1990
05-25-2009, 05:27 PM
Should have been here all along it looks. He is a lift from the RH side but let's remember he is no .280 hitter

Brutus
05-25-2009, 05:29 PM
Should have been here all along it looks. He is a lift from the RH side but let's remember he is no .280 hitter

Of course not. That's not why he should be here. He's got more pop than most of the roster. That's the reason he needed to be up. The Reds don't have a lot of guys that can come up with two runners on late in the game, down by a run or two, but can pop a 3-run homer or a bases clearing double. He's the kind of guy that can and will.

Jack Burton
05-25-2009, 06:24 PM
Nice sliding catch by Gomes there in the 8th vs. Houston.

Shawn_RedsFan
05-25-2009, 06:34 PM
All I have to say is we will see how people feel about Gomes when he goes through his first slump, hopefully nobody from this particular thread will be putting him on blast.

Brutus
05-25-2009, 09:06 PM
All I have to say is we will see how people feel about Gomes when he goes through his first slump, hopefully nobody from this particular thread will be putting him on blast.

I will never be one of those people. I already know what to expect from him.

* Moderate to low batting average
* Prone to high amount of strikeouts
* Won't play every day because he struggles against some good right-handers
* Will hit some homers
* Typically hits a lot of line drives

I'm on record as saying these things in other threads. My hopes for him are not as a savior, but merely a solid right-handed bat off the bench and to platoon against lefties. He's a good enough hitter to play every day, but his numbers will hover only slightly above average if a team chooses to do that.

Either way, he'll go through a slump. But at the end of the day, I have a good idea what to expect out of him.

Dude Rock
05-25-2009, 09:15 PM
I will never be one of those people. I already know what to expect from him.

* Moderate to low batting average
* Prone to high amount of strikeouts
* Won't play every day because he struggles against some good right-handers
* Will hit some homers
* Typically hits a lot of line drives

I'm on record as saying these things in other threads. My hopes for him are not as a savior, but merely a solid right-handed bat off the bench and to platoon against lefties. He's a good enough hitter to play every day, but his numbers will hover only slightly above average if a team chooses to do that.

Either way, he'll go through a slump. But at the end of the day, I have a good idea what to expect out of him.


Good post. For a minute there, I thought I was going to have to bring this thread back to reality.

I'm all for Gomes being up here too, but let's be honest.......there's a reason he got let go in Tampa, and he's like a career .230 hitter or something. My reason for liking him, is he does have experience and he has some pop in his bat. Other than Owings, it seemed like we had little coming off the bench that could hit us a dinger if we needed it in a pinch.

Again, good reality post.

xavr1
05-25-2009, 10:05 PM
No one is saying he is the next Eric Davis. As I have said in other threads since the beginning of the season, though, I think he is the best LF option we have and is the most proven of the lot. No, he will not win a batting title. No, he will not hit 40 HRs. And no, he is not this offense's savior.

But come on guys...he is a much better option than Chris Dickerson (you see him flailing at those curveballs today like a little leaguer?) and Darnell McDonald (no comment necessary).

Brutus
05-25-2009, 10:11 PM
No one is saying he is the next Eric Davis. As I have said in other threads since the beginning of the season, though, I think he is the best LF option we have and is the most proven of the lot. No, he will not win a batting title. No, he will not hit 40 HRs. And no, he is not this offense's savior.

But come on guys...he is a much better option than Chris Dickerson (you see him flailing at those curveballs today like a little leaguer?) and Darnell McDonald (no comment necessary).

The balls he chased after today, at least later in the game, were hard splitters. He did go after a couple of Wandy's breaking balls, but those are tough pitches to hit as a lefty.

To be honest, I've been very impressed with Dickerson the last two weeks. Since he got benched, he's provided some real, solid professional at-bats. He's shown more patience and has not been just hacking aimlessly. I do, as you mention, prefer Gomes over he and McDonald by far, but Dickerson has been looking much better since deferring to Nix in the lineup.

Next to Votto, Dickerson actually leads the team in pitches seen per plate appearance. He and Nix both have done a good job with that.

Jim
05-25-2009, 10:12 PM
I'd rather see McDonald out there. ;)

So would Dusty... oh the man love he has for losers.

Dude Rock
05-25-2009, 10:21 PM
The balls he chased after today, at least later in the game, were hard splitters. He did go after a couple of Wandy's breaking balls, but those are tough pitches to hit as a lefty.

To be honest, I've been very impressed with Dickerson the last two weeks. Since he got benched, he's provided some real, solid professional at-bats. He's shown more patience and has not been just hacking aimlessly. I do, as you mention, prefer Gomes over he and McDonald by far, but Dickerson has been looking much better since deferring to Nix in the lineup.

Next to Votto, Dickerson actually leads the team in pitches seen per plate appearance. He and Nix both have done a good job with that.

Another good post. I agree with everything you said. You and I are on the same page.

Brutus
05-25-2009, 10:28 PM
Another good post. I agree with everything you said. You and I are on the same page.

I never thought we were far off to begin with. We had a different perspective on Gomes, but I think our expectations were never different. I think the Reds minimize his weaknesses by keeping him in against lef-handers and the occasional right hander who doesn't have a good cutter or hard breaking ball. By doing so, Gomes will really help this team.

Dude Rock
05-25-2009, 10:30 PM
So the pitching schedule says:
5/26 Owings
5/27 Arroyo
5/28 Cueto
5/29..........Maloney?

Captain Hook
05-25-2009, 10:51 PM
So the pitching schedule says:
5/26 Owings
5/27 Arroyo
5/28 Cueto
5/29..........Maloney?

5/29 Volquez

In just a few games Gomes has done more for the team then McD did in the first 1/4 of the season.

Gomes is by no means an All-Star but him not making the team out of ST was unbelievable IMO.If Dusty had the final say on that decision(i assume he did)then his ability to evaluate talent has taken another big hit.McD isn't now nor will he ever be half the player Gomes is.I'm just glad we weren't paying him 3 mil. like we did CP last season.

DTCromer
05-25-2009, 10:59 PM
I gotta say I've been wrong about the guy so far. But 1 weekend doesn't mean much to me. Talk to me around Flag Day.

NeilHamburger
05-25-2009, 11:00 PM
No, the Reds don't need another starter until Volquez can come off the DL for the Cards series. They're off on Thurs. So, they'll just skip his start and have no need for maloney.

defender
05-26-2009, 03:42 AM
Not only was the catch today great, yesterday's hustle to back up 3rd and throwing out Sizmore was pretty good too(I think it was a lame call).

DaytonFlyer
05-26-2009, 08:07 AM
Yes, definitely... it took me a couple of replays to realize that was Gomes backing up 3rd on that stupid interference play.

As poor as our offense was those first few weeks, Gomes could've been worth an extra win or two as opposed to McDonald. Great job, Dusty.