Originally Posted by guttle11
Would removing Clayton for Aurilia and putting Edwin at third really mean more runs though, or is that just something you want?
I'm betting the latter. There's simply no way of knowing what could be. We know what we have, and what we have has worked to this point. No need to change it. Jeez, I know it's fun to play armchair manager, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Fact is, the Reds addressed their biggest weakness, the bullpen. They're a better team now. Could they be better without Clayton? Possibly. I'll take the known, though.
You know what else is known - the Reds are a slightly above average team right now that still has a few holes abound. Look, I'm all for applauding the team's success to this point and you won't hear the "Narron sucks" chants from me, but if members of this board simply "want" to see the best possible team fielded each night, then what's wrong with that? I don't know about the Rich vs. Edwin argument at this point b/c as much as I like EE's future, RA has done a nice job for us all season. I'm also not advocating RA be the starting SS due to his defensive limitations. That said, what is it about "Royce Clayton starting SS", from an offensive and defensive standpoint fits the description "fielding your best". Personally, I'd like to see Phillips be given the shot - I don't think the move is that far of a stretch for the guy. 2B would seemingly be a much easier slot to fill with either RA or RF.