Originally Posted by jojo
Wrong-writing a whole column basically using a few weeks worth of spring training stats as the premise.
Stats as the premise, or eyeballs on ballplayers everyday, watching them work?
Like Dusty said yesterday- sometimes you don't get hits because the ball doesn't drop in the right place, and sometimes you don't because the bat and ball do not meet. Big difference, and that's what being there can tell you.
ST stats do not mean much for players who already have the team made. They mean a lot for guys like Jones, Ward and Gomes, who are trying to find a spot. St stats don't mean that much- until they do.
The problem I have is that pitching and defense are supposed to carry us this year. That's fine, and I wholeheartedly agree with that approach, since the bashing plan didn't work out quite so well for the Reds in the past. But we have nearly the exact same pitching staff that we had last year, which finished 12th in the league. No improvements were made there. We're left with just hoping they pitch better this year.
IF ST stats mean nothing, are we all comfortable with Cordero's game right now? Ready to go to war with him as closer? He can't get anyone out right now. As Hal said- even linebackers and lineman (guys with big #'s) were jacking him the other day.
If this team finishes 12th in pitching again this year, the Reds will struggle to 75 games. This team is gonna struggle to score runs, I think.