Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
With the game on the line, I'm PHing Scott Rolen before I use Xavier Paul, even against a tough RH pitcher...
I think this is the best argument for Rolen, the single at bat or defensive play in a key situation. Obviously, lifetime, Rolen is a much greater hitter than Paul and one might opt for Rolen in the key at bat.
Of course, in considering the big time at bat or play, Scott was 4 for 16 in the playoffs last year, all singles, made at least one meaningful error, but that's a small sample. He's been a great ball player, no question.
I just think you need to balance all the factors. Health. Team offensive balance. Team defensive balance. Experience and leadership. They all count to some degree. I'd keep Paul given the current makeup of the team.
So reasonable minds can differ, I think it's time for Scott and the Reds to decide so we can end these threads and go on to something else.