If we move Choo to LF, that pretty much relegates Paul and Lutz to pinch hitting only. And then we have no backup in CF until Heisey is better.
I'm not ready to give Robinson and everyday job... It's just not worth it.
Choo has been adequate in CF.
I know the announcers gave him grief last night and said that most CF should've caught that ball that bounced off his glove, but in general.. Choo has been adequate. He's not Drew Stubbs defensively, but we knew going into this season that we were not going to get gold glove defense in CF..
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IF I was to do anything it would be put Jay Bruce in CF and Choo in RF. Jay has played there before and IIRC he was open to it in Spring Training.
Its all part of the puzzle. Agreed that Choo in CF to get Ludwick's bat into the lineup is a good trade off. Not now.
That isn't to say that the bullpen is bad, boneheaded plays are too common, and the offense squanders a bunch of opportunities.
Last night won't be the last it costs the Reds a game either.
Choo is not a good defensive CFer. Before the season, I guessed he might be a -10 run CF glove. He's on track to grade out worse.
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Focusing on one play as to why the Reds lost is silly. What about Bronson bunting on the first pitch with 2 outs? Or how about Robinson bunting into a force out? Or how about Votto not sliding into 3rd base? The Reds had multiple chances to break that game open and didn't take advantage of it. Pointing to one isolated event as to why the Reds lost is silly.
It's no focusing on one play it's focusing on a 2+ months of data. I'm not saying Choo's play is the only reason the Reds lost, but if the Reds had a competent CFer they most likely win.
If you think Phillips having to run out and make over the shoulder catches in CF is okay, then well okay. But there's no reason it has to be like this.
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As fans we all knew that Choo was going to have his struggles in CF. I don't think its anything out of the ordinary. In reality the only answer I see anytime this season is Hamilton in CF and Choo in LF.
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