Re: Dusty "Respects" Junior, But Disrespects Logic, Reason, and Numbers...
In all fairness Edskin, it doesn't matter what Cantu or any other non-Red player is doing.
Dusty can only use the players he has. Among the regulars, Jr is third in OBP (just barely trailing Votto). If you count Harriston as a regular, he's fourth in OBP.
Sure, Jr's power numbers have slipped, but probably every manager in baseball would bat him somewhere between #3 and 5.
I don't think batting Jr one or two slots higher in the lineup than "optimal" is killing this team. Jr isn't a superstar, but he's far from being the only problem this team has.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!