Originally Posted by red-in-la
I had thought that the Reds would have gotten a career year from either Lohse or Saarloss. To bad both tanked. Not that it was a great surprize, just had hoped.
I sure hope that whoever the new manager is, he will make up a batting order indepent of personalities.
Clearly, Phillips is the best hitter on the team and thus should hit 3rd. Dunn has the most power so he should hit 4th. If JR could repeat 2007 he would make a nice number 5 hitter.
Phillips is the best hitter on the team and should hit 3rd? Did I miss a memo or something?
I thought we got exactly what was to be expected from Lohse in 2007.
As for Homer.... the only positive thing I can say is that he had a winning record. Aside from that, I didn't find much positive in his 2007 campaign.
Dunn proved that he is what he is, and we'll continue to underappreciate him for what he is, and perhaps might let him walk b/c he's not what we think he should be. Would be a damn shame not to pick up that bargain of an option.
Hopper proved that he can make the most of his opportunities, but that he's not an everyday player and shouldn't be treated as such.
Freel proved that he is destined to go Bump Bailey on us and die on the baseball field in pursuit of some flyball. Or maybe diving into the stands. Regardless, paramedics should always be on call when Ryan Freel is at the ballpark.
Arroyo proved that 2006 might have been a fluke. Maybe we should have sold high in 2007.
Belisle proved that he's the best of the worst for either a #4 or #5 spot in the rotation. It's a shame we don't have a #2 to compliment our #1 in Aaron Harang.
Burton and Hamilton proved that Rule V pick ups can be fun! Very risky, but fun, nonetheless. Pennies on the dollar for both players, and perhaps we have an OF to build around (relapse beware) and a setup man for that closer to be named later.
Alex Gonzalez proved that distractions turn gold glovers into pedestrian SS. When you couldn't hit to begin with, and all of a sudden you can't field, what's left?
Our catching situation proved that Ross and Valentin are both horrible, and we have a very glaring weakness behind the plate.
Who is the real Jeff Keppinger, and can he become and everyday player?
Is Jay Bruce really the savior? If he's not, is Joey Votto?
Hopefully Wayne will realize that big money should never be spent on the likes of the Castros or Stantons of the world.