Re: Reds vs Mets 5/18/05
I think it's clear that when Wily Mo returns, he and Kearns are going to really languish trying to get their share of ABs, as when Freel isn't playing 2B (which he should be the majority of the time), he's obviously going to be in RF. Miley is loathe to ever sit Casey, much less move him from the #3 hole (despite the nice offensive game we just had without him), so he'll never sit to accommodate the OF glut. Likewise, apparently Randa is immune from Freel or DJ occasionally taking his spot at 3B, which means that when DJ/Freel are both in the lineup... Kearns and WMP will both be sitting, and that they will almost *never* be on the field together (barring an injury, which is the last thing we need). So, the 2 guys we need to develop more (and who need more developmental reps) than anyone on the roster, will be playing a musical chairs game of odd-man-out and PH specialist.
Just imagine if Aurilia had not gone down, and DJ had not struggled early: We likely never witness Lopez's evolution, and Freel is forced to RF on a near everyday basis, blocking both Kearns and WMP. In other words, the 3 primary young positional prospects to the future of this oprganization (along with Dunn, and eventually EdE), would likely never see more than sporadic time on the field this year, if not for chance and injury. Hard to imagine for a team desperately in need of developing youth, rather than stop-gap veterans.
That criticism doesn't even touch on the woeful lineup construct, which is almost as counterproductive as the utilization of our personnel is. What a mess.
Last edited by Stormy; 05-18-2005 at 02:00 PM.