Originally Posted by membengal
Sigh. I was NOT comparing them, other than to note that Dunn is the Reds' most run productive bat, and he was stuck behind Alex G last night. I am guessing the Giants did NOT shove their most productive bat behind an offensive black hole. Ever. There was no good excuse for that last night. On any level.
When an offensive is struggling as bad as the Reds have been, ANY managers will shuffle a lineup to play that "hot bat". Gonzo, not Dunn, is that hot bat right now. It's not about what have you done for me in the past; but what are you doing for me lately. Over the last week, here is what the two have down....
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG
Gonzalez 6 25 6 10 2 1 2 5 0 .400 .400 .800
Dunn 6 19 3 3 2 0 1 1 0 .158 .273 .421
And one can go back even farther with Dunn to the last 2 1/2 weeks. Since April 11th he has had 3 RBIs and 1 HR. That is totally UNACCEPTABLE.
As much of a fan as I am of Dunn - he needs to be kicked in the A$$ big time. He looks terrible at the plate.
And for the year so far?....
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS AVG
Gonzalez 76 8 24 4 1 2 9 5 11 0 0 .354 .474 .827 .316
Dunn 85 15 22 4 0 5 10 13 32 5 0 .357 .482 .839 .259
Is it likely to stay this way? Odds say it won't. But you play the hot bat. And if I was Dunn I'd be embarassed that the likes of a Gonzo is putting up similar production right now. Whose next? Castro?
Good post rfs.....
Many deride or downplay how important an "intangible" such as leadership
is on a team/in that clubhouse. I'm talking about that player(s) who aren't afraid to call someone out who is making bonehead plays, costing games, and basically have their head up their collective butt.
Many would agree that Vaughn's leadership was very instrumental to this team in '99. Bob Hertzel's book "The Big Red Machine: The Inside Story of Baseball's Best Team" emphasized how important this was with the '75 Reds when they came out of the gate and stunk it up pretty bad due to poor/lackluster play.
It was the players who intervened in that clubhouse.
I don't see that on this team. They may all play and get along well like buddies
, and maybe that is the problem - they are too chummy.They are afraid of hurting their pals feelings. And with some of the young players that we have on this team they need to see a Rose or Vaughn "type" personality in that clubhouse.
Friends don't let friends play "drunk".