Originally Posted by Team Clark
There's a lot I like about Dusty. There's stuff I don't like. What REALLY bothers me is the team's inability to make adjustments at the plate. It just kills this team. The Reds were fortunate that the NL Central was a flat out joke. They picked up a lot of wins that really made them shine. No one can argue that the stretch of games they played while Votto was out was great to watch but when they faced tough teams, it seemed to me they struggled.
How many times do you have to watch Stubbs, Frazier, Phillips, Cozart have the SAME AT BATS over and over and over. Once the league caught on that Frazier has trouble with the ball away and breaking ball down..... Cooked. Every at bat for Stubbs is a carbon copy of the one before. Phillips is so talented he gets away with murder. He can be duped easily but he also knows what he can jump on. Thank god he has that figured out. Cozart gets a pass this year.
These issues fall solely on the hitting coach. This is his responsibility. Preparation and the ability to work through adjustments. If you don't make adjustments in the Major Leagues you will not stick around. Jacoby needs to be replaced before Dusty goes, IMO.
I'm starting to wonder the same thing. It seems like we've had so many guys come up, succeed, and then regress to varying degrees when the "book" gets out. Cozart began to resemble Janish the second half, Stubbs never did make it back, and even Bruce, for all the worlds of talent, is a career .255 hitter now. Maybe this is normal, but I feel like it's a little odd that I'm wondering how Frazier might regress next season instead of expecting him to improve. (I say this with the exception of Votto because something tells me I could've coached that guy to an MVP)