Originally Posted by HokieRed
Hate to rain on what little parade the Bats offense has had, but Valaika's numbers are looking more and more everyday like those of a AAAA ballplayer. .755 OPS, with a .359 OBP that includes very few walks (just as in past, for him). 11 W in 144 AB. No power: 0 HRs in 144 AB, only 10 extra base hits out of his 45 hits.
He'll come through.
He only has to have enough Offense to play 2nd Base in the Majors. That doesn't ask for a lot. He never has to have an OPS of .800 or anything at the Major League level for him to be successful for the REDS. He can take Brandon's place in 2011 at 2nd Base and a .750 OPS from 2011 through 2015 will be good enough. His defense should be fine for 2nd. You need guys like him that don't cost a lot, but just do their job and are consistent. That will be Valaika.