Re: Looking to see who can be centerfield
Originally Posted by edabbs44
There's a difference between "could stand to improve" and being 26th out of 30 in OPS.
The Reds were 2nd in MLB vs. LHPs last season with pretty much the same group of characters. Freel getting hurt and Aurilia heading off to SF were certainly blows to that number, but supposedly Cantu's here to be the new Aurilia and Freel's still around to perhaps platoon with Hamilton next season. Dunn and Encarnacion have been picking up their numbers against LHPs as the season's progressed. It wouldn't be shocking to see them wind up in the high .700s or low .800s by the end of the season (all it would take is a big game or two).
So the current .730 mark could very well rise 50 points next year without any changes, which would make the Reds better than average vs. southpaws.
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Last edited by M2; 09-05-2007 at 03:21 PM.