Originally Posted by alexad
WE have tried the hit'em out of the park hitters and it got us NO WHERE FAST. We have a GM who likes small ball and that is what he is doing to the Reds. He has one power stroke in the lineup when he was in St. Louis and Big Mac could hit the ball a long way. He was surrounded by small ball players.
I see the Reds being a small ball team, with a no player hitting over 30 homeruns next year.
The days of Maury Wills bunting for a BH, stealing second, moving over to third on a ground out to the right side then scoring on a SF while Sandy Koufax throws nine shut out innings to win 1-0 are over.
As much as I hate to admit it the Game has changed.
There are more teams now, all with bigger, stronger and faster players who hit he ball harder than the average player of the 1960's. It is very rare now days for team to win a game 1-0.
Having said all that
You have to score more runs than you allow in order to win one game or to win in the long haul. Willy Taveras does not increase a teams chances of winning in any way.