Re: Why don't we keep Dunn batting second?
If Junior ran out every ball the way some wish he would, he would be on the DL with a torn hammy or groin. Despite his struggles, I'd rather have him healthy and able to play.
The man has slowed down, no doubt but he has come thru big for the Reds at times this year. His knows he is not 27 anymore which is why you don't see him playing like Eric Davis out there. He is trying to protect his body. Who the heck can blame him?
We all want to see guys like Freel who hustle all the time but Junior can't do that. He needs to pick his spots. I for one can live without the 3 or 4 infield hits he has cost himself by not running hard if he can stay healthy. Him standing on first base a few times is not worth having him eventually go down for the season.
IMO if the Reds get to September and can still be in it, Junior will carry them.