Originally Posted by TheNext44
I think the Reds play so far has shown how important defense is to winning. Unfortunately it's because the Reds defense has been so bad.
What about the Reds putting their money where their mouth is and really putting a team on the field that is all about defense? These guys are hitting enough to justify their defense, so might as well go all in and put the best defensive team out their and take their chances that way.
This is what I propose:
Start Janish at SS
Move either Cabrera or Cairo
Call up Heisey
Platoon Heisey and Dickerson in LF
Move Gomes to the bench
The Reds would be in trouble for one game if two infielders got hurt, but I bet Hanigan could play 3B for a few innings if he had to (Javy did it). I'd rather deal with that than with this crappy defense from SS and LF on a day to day basis.
Heisey/Dickerson (both have speed, so Baker will bat them second)
I think that's a better lineup than the Reds have now, a better bench, and a much better defense on the field.
This team does not compete with Gomes in LF and Cabrera at SS.
1. I totally agree with Janish to SS & Cabrera to the bench move. Funny how the Reds were good late last year with the strong defense. then Walt/Dusty decided to put offense (i use the term loosely) on the field over defense in 2010.
2. IMO the CF/LF situation should be handled as such:
Dickerson/Stubbs platoon in CF. If (big if) Stubbs hits against the RHP he does see (such as a RH reliever replacing a LH starter or against a RH starter if Dickerson is banged up or sick) then he gets more playing time. Until then its a straight platoon.
Gomes's bat could make up for his poor defense ONLY vs LH starters. while he isn't an automatic out vs a RH pitcher his bat is no where near good enough vs a RH pitcher to make up for his glove. Heisey & Frazier are stinking up AAA. if they get it together they could replace Gomes. IMO right now he is the best we have in LF vs a RH starter.
Who plays LF vs a RH starter? well (ducks) Nix I guess. Dorn maybe. Alonso eventually.
LF Nix or Dorn platooning with Gomes
CF Dickerson platooning with Stubbs
other than Gomes starting ~40 games this is a very good defensive team. sure would help our pitchers. and what exactly is the offensive dropoff? well right now Janish is actually hitting. Cabrera isn't. and Nix is just as good as Gomes vs a RH pitcher. so defense better. offense maybe better, certainly not worse. its a win win!