Re: Some playoff personnel questions
1) Yuuuuupppppp!!!!! Frasier struggled pretty bad down the stretch. Rolen has come up w/ some key hits and remains solid defensively. Ludwick came up huge last night in LF, made some big plays out there defensively in SF as well. I wouldn't expect to see Frasier much more than as a pinch hitter. Todd had an excellant rookie season, perhaps even a ROY season, but right now there's no room at the inn for the position he can play. I think he likely remains as Dusty's key pinch hitter however, a situation that hasn't arisen yet, but surely turn up sooner or later, most likely sooner.
2) I think we find out tomorrow if Hannigan will catch all games in the playoffs (baring injury) or if we'll see Navarro starting any games. Dusty was able to give hannigan a decent amount of time off towards the end of the season. There's also a lot of off days during the playoffs. He'll get the rest he needs, and I think we'd all agree that we'd rather have Hannigan's defense behind the plate. Nevermind that his bat has been solid all season long.
3) Heisey is another guy who struggled mightly down the stretch. As long as Ludwick and Stubbs continue to come up big either defensively or offensively (or both as they have so far) Heisey will mainly be used as a defensive replacement/pinch runner to protect Ludwick's injury.
If, and I repeat IF, the Reds advance to the next round, I'd still like to see Mes replace Cairo to allow Navarro used as a key pinch hitter along w/ Frasier. The other move that I'd like to see take place (and I think it will) is to see Leake replace Simon as the last pitcher. The Reds will likely need 4 starters in round 2, better have someone that can cover for Cueto or any other starter should a mild injury pop up again in round 2.