Yes its' early. But I see so many of the same indicators of offensive short- comings as last year. Through the first 4 games, only Bruce, Votto, and Cozart
have more than 1 RBI. Votto has struck out 6 times in 13 official at bats. We have had 3 RBI's combined from Ludwick and Heisey, 0 from catcher's position, 0 from Stubbs, 0 from Phillips, Rolen and Cairo have 1 each. We have averaged less than 7 hits per game. We are not going to win many games with those numbers. Everyone is so concerned about some of the pitching performances that the offensive has hardly been mentioned. We didn't hit that well in spring training. Last year we scored the 2nd most runs in the NL, but were very inconsistent. We would score a bunch in one game, then wouldn't be able to score more than 1 or two for the next several games. I see too many wasted opportunities, too many strikeouts, no discipline or patience at the plate. A mirror image of last year. We better get it together or we will be treading water again this year.
Re: Offensive Woes
The offense will be fine. Joey is a slow starter, Hanigan will hit around .270, Cozart will cool down, Mes will get better once he sees more major league at bats, outside of tonight Phillips has had a pretty good eye to start the season, Heisey will lock in when he gets mee a breaking ball.ore playing time etc.
I'm mostly concerned with the lack of plate discipline so far...especially in Latos' game and tonight. It seems like once they're down a few runs they start swinging at everything that crosses the plate.
My main problem with the offense is Stubbs. He needs to either figure it out or go strikeout elsewhere. Nearly every at bat he has is bad...really bad. Pitchers just pitch around the zone knowing he'll close his eyes and whiff at everything that comes his way. I don't even know if the kid can recognize a breaking ball. If I cloned Stubbs 8 times, and put a tee in front of him, it would throw a perfect game.