Originally Posted by M2
That's bad managing. I love Scott Rolen, but you need to be able to play matchup late in a game. Hannahan is not a good enough bat to be the primary LH PH for a team with visions of October dancing in its head.
I am by no means sold on Xavier Paul as some sort of sure thing. If he's not producing, I'd cut bait on him in a heartbeat. Yet there is no other viable LH bench bat on the roster at this juncture. Paul's at the front of the line because he's the guy who most recently had the hot hand ... and because who else?
Its a big reason why I wouldn't worry about having that second LH on the bench. Ideally, I'd love to see the Reds with a Matt Stairs from 10 years ago, or Jason Giambi or Jim Thome taking that spot as a lefty PH, but since its Xavier Paul, I wouldn't let lefty/righty influence my roster make-up so much. I'd just keep the best guys. This really gets to the heart of my argument. IMO, Rolen, even in an aging, injured declining state, is a better player than what Xavier Paul is likely to be.
The Reds won 97 games last season without anyone most of the year and with Stubbs, Cairo, Valdez, et al on the roster were even way more splitty and Hannahan and Choo will even it out some. If it becomes a big problem, they can make a change. I'd keep Paul around on the DL somehow,and I'd be keeping an eye on H-Rod, Fellhauer, Perez and others to see if they could fill a bench role from the left side. I maintain my stance that, if we're trying to be ideal here, the lefty bat should play 2B and SS. If H-Rod could start-off hitting well, I'd comsider replacing Jason Donald with H-Rod.