Originally Posted by westofyou
This season has taken more than one or two ugly turns; at times itís been like being pummeled with socks full of marbles by a pack of 4 year olds, demeaning, insulting and ridiculous.
But the emergence of Lopez in the wake of Auriliaís injury (and constant lineup apperances) has proven that once again the baseball season always knows how to give a little back to the fan even in a flood of poor play and losses
What, no mention of Virgil Stallcup?
Fantastic stuff and the part I quoted above perfectly captures why baseball is such a great game. If the Reds set a team record in losses this season, but Felipe Lopez establishes himself as the new torchbearer at SS then, far as I'm concerned, this season's a success. He could be a huge piece of the foundation.
Actually, as good as his bat's been, I'm far more impressed with his defense to date - and it has very little to do with his stingy error rate. He's not wrong-footing himself anymore. Previously he'd try to anticipate the play and he'd get caught leaning the wrong way when the ball got struck. To be kind, his range was awful. Now he's reacting to the ball, which is what good shortstops do. He's not a great defender, but he's been good and that's a huge step forward for him. Combine that with the bat and you've got a solid SS. Now if he can figure out how to be less of a knucklehead on the bases ...