Re: The Case For: Xavier Paul
Originally Posted by M2
Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Lance Lynn, Jeff Samardzija, Ryan Vogelsong, Yovanni Gallardo or some other RHB killer on the mound and you'd start Heisey over Paul?
Heisey would make sense starting in CF against LHPs if he could lefties. Unfortunately he doesn't do that very well.
Main point is the Reds need an effective LH bat off the bench. Jack Hannahan is many things, a quality PH is not one of them. Find me a LH bat better than Paul for the bench and I'm all for it. I don't think Paul is any kind of lock. I just don't see ANY competition for his job.
Career OPS vs RHP
Jay Bruce .843
Shin Soo Choo .914
Ryan Ludwick .811
Chris Heisey .794
Xavier Paul .713
Just when will Paul be playing the OF against RHP again? Against LHP Paul has an OPS of .355. I just don't see him starting at all. His defense is average at the very best. He seems like the 5th guy in a 4 man rotation. I just don't see him playing enough for the difference between he and Rolen to make much difference if everybody stays healthy, but if Votto or Frazier goes down, Rolen will be more important than Paul could be in any circumstance. If its one of the OF that goes down, Frazier's versatility still makes Rolen/Hannahan a viable back-up.
Swapping Stubbs for Choo goes most of the way toward fixing the Reds problems against RHP. The places where its still a problem have nothing to do with Paul and his existence on the roster won't really help that at all. Where the Red need a LHB is in the middle infield behind Phillips and Cozart.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Last edited by mth123; 02-04-2013 at 10:42 PM.