Originally Posted by Kc61
You talking about the same Todd Frazier who had a .654 OPS against right handers in the majors, 95 PAs, for the Reds last season?
Why is he a good choice against Dempster?
I assume it is based on minor league numbers.
Harris and Valdez are veterans who should get a chance to play once in awhile. Nothing wrong with it.
Frazier is a RedsZone darling. I hope he succeeds, but I don't see the compelling need to play him against Dempster. Don't see the need for this particular game.
Now, if somebody wants to give Todd an extended trial at third base for a month or two, then I could see him playing in a game like this. I just don't see the matchup with Dempster.
I probably made my position sound more strongly than it is- Frazier has shown great plate discipline, good power, and an ability to start or come off the bench and produce in this young season. He also did well last year, posting a .727 OPS in limited playing time even with a .253 BABIP. I think he could be an upgrade to the current roster, and I think that the lowest two men on the totem pole are Harris (who I am no fan of, at all as of right now) and Valdez.
Regarding his poor OPS vs RH last year, he had a .203 BABIP against RH. So, I would expect increased production. Furthermore, I see very little upside to having both Valdez and Harris in the lineup, as neither can hit especially well.
In short, I think that Frazier should stay and that either Harris or Valdez should get the red note in their locker. But that's just me.