Re: Drew Stubbs
2BB's, 1 intentional, were a great sign last night. He ups that OBP into the .350's and he's something, maybe something special. I doubted the power because I didn't think he had any idea how to harness it. But the numbers don't lie: he's a middle to lower middle of the order hitter, NOT a leadoff hitter. And he can do a lot of damage down there and not just with HR's.
Though his OPS is lower, you can make the argument that he's been better than Jay Bruce this year. Their offensive numbers stagger a bit. Stubbs has 1 more HR, Bruce has 9 more doubles. Stubbs has 16 SB's while only being caught 3 times. Bruce has 5 while being nabbed twice. Both are excellent defenders. The overall edge is to Bruce, but Stubbs has been developing. His problem is consistency. Lets hope July is a lot like May. If it is, he could easily be a 30/50 guy, something the Reds haven't had since Eric Davis.
That can happen if he stays the #7 hitter.
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