You mean HGH Jerry Hairston Jr? You'll have to lay off the Cardinal player then if they do OBM. But looking at his numbers, I could see it was an act of pure desperation on his part.
How could he help this team, regardless of what he is currently doing at AAA? He's just another ex-Cub OFer with very mediocre numbers (3 yr seasonal avg).....
.231 BA .301 OB% .323 SLG% .624 OPS (.576 vs lefties).
They are not going to recall Bruce (waste options) unless he is playing everyday. And I agree with that position.
Send Hopper and/or Freel out where? They've been trying to trade Freel, but with no luck (thanks to that contract). Players like these are a dime a dozen IMO. If your objective is to open up roster spots because it's holding someone behind them back, then fine, DFA Freel and eat that contract. But these are role/bench players to begin with. Who are they holding back? And I don't want them DFAing these guys just to bring up a Bruce to sit the bench and get limited ABs. That doesn't help a 21 yr old at all.
The problem with this team is not Freel, Hooper, and even dreaded Castro, sitting on this bench. It's not even the pitching, especially the bullpen....
ERA WHIP DIP% BAA OB% OPS SO BB
starters 4.32 1.24 103 .241 .309 .739 144 56
relievers 3.81 1.25 108 .233 .310 .681 51 24
And one can thank Fogg for his contribution to those starter's numbers. He is now in the BP. I hope the next move is out the door once Belisle comes back on Monday. And I'll take Bray in the BP over Fogg. IMO, Arroyo is not hurt. He is simply being typical "April" Arroyo as far as I'm concerned. He was 0-2 last April in 5 starts. He was traded for/signed to be a starter by the Reds as an act of desperation (need) at that position. IMO, and I think Boston knew this, his proper role is in long relief/bullpen.
This offense has come out of the gate in a season beginning funk. Period. This team is probably not as good as many thought they were going into this season (due to optimism), regardless of the moves/trades they made.... and they aren't, IMHO, as bad as they are currently playing. They are 7-11 with 11 games left to play in April. And 7 of those 11 remaining games are against teams (Astros, Dodgers, Giants) who are currently struggling as bad as we are. We end April vs the Cards.
So if we can come out of April anywhere near a .500 team then I'm not going to panic or try to make major moves.
Where do I assess any blame (finger pointing) at this stage of the season?
#1 - I fault key players whom we normally rely on. We have a team SLG% of .386.
Look at these numbers with RISP....
BA OB% SLG% OPS
Dunn .167 .353 .167 .520
Griffey .200 .350 .467 .817
Encarnacion .308 .500 .538 1.038
Phillips .375 .444 .625 1.069
Votto .400 .400 .900 1.300
Who is the "guilty" culprit for the most part?
Do we believe that Adam Dunn is going to continue to perform at this level? I personally don't. Which brings me to point #2 as to why this team is struggling...
He is portrayed as being an "old school" manager. But I'm considered old school too, as well as several other old timers on this forum. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we have always firmly believed that the top of your order is to manned by guys who have proven to be able to consistently
get on base (table setters). That is not a philosophy that has been recently discovered or unearthed; but someone needs to email this news to Dusty.
A "typical" Baker lineup is (with OB% included)....
IMHO - Dusty Baker does not construct his lineup to maximize (get the most out of) his payers. Yes, Adam is struggling; but Baker is is not helping Dunn right now batting him 5th. He leads the team in OB%, and MLB in BBs (20). The guy continues to prove he gets on base. He is not going to see the quality of pitches in the #5 spot. Why wouldn't a pitcher pitch around him (or cautiously)? Put him at #2.
I also think EE needs to put in the lineup where he sees more quality pitches.
I like Keppinger in the leadoff spot. From a hitting standpoint (style), he reminds me a lot of Rose. Pete had a career OB% of .375 which was primarily BA-driven. He averaged around 70 BBs/season. Pete could hit. So can Keppinger.