Re: Looking to see who can be centerfield
Originally Posted by osuceltic
Hamilton is solid in center. I think you're selling him short. I think if you have Hamilton in center and Bruce in right, you have a pretty good start to a good defensive outfield.
As for the too-many-lefties argument. I agree that the problem isn't the lefties. It's the righties. The Reds went into this season counting on Encarnacion as the right-handed bat in the middle of the lineup. He flopped spectacularly. Ross fell off big-time. Gonzalez was OK, but has been out of the lineup for long stretches. One of the reasons for the second-half upswing by the offense was the play of Keppinger and Hopper, who at least gave them some timely hits against left-handers.
So the solution isn't necessarily subtracting lefties. It's adding righties who can balance the lineup. Only Phillips qualifies. I will say that I think you're discounting the problems against lefties a little too cavalierly. You can use career numbers, but Dunn has been undeniably bad against left-handers this season. Is that just a bad year, or indicative of a bigger problem? I don't know, but I wouldn't want to build a team for next year assuming a big turnaround.
Finally, let me just say that I hope every available resource this offseason is used to acquire pitching. Center field is the least of my worries.
Hamilton is center field given the current reds outfield. He wouldn't be on most other teams. Basically Hamilton is a center fielder only because the other two starters in the Reds outfield are two of the worst defenders in baseball.
Cyclone hit the nail on the head....in his brief debut, Hamilton looks like he could be what a lot of Reds fans thought Kearns would become.
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