"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
Am I overly optimistic...probably. But I see how much talent this team has, I see how much they've underachieved, and then I think about the fact that we're in playoff position right now and we STILL haven't played together yet as a team. We still haven't hit, pitched and played defense well all at the same time yet. And I still think we will. When this team starts clicking on all cylinders...we'll be scary good.
Pitching and defense...anything else is gravy. Mmmm...gravy.
I just never understand when people here seem to get such enjoyment from another person's failures. I have sympathy for these players.
Look at Hannahan's career defensive stats. The guy has been an above average fiedler at 3rd for a long time, and has a career OPS of .660, which although below average, combined with solid defensive player, has always been an acceptable bench player. I'm not sure what you expect from bench players? By definition they are below average major league starters. Otherwise, they would be starting for other teams.
They are going to have bad games sometimes, just like starters do. Look at jay Bruce. How often do you watch a game and think "boy, Jay really stunk up the joint tonight"? Probably twice a week. And he's considered a viable starter.
So excuse me for not jumping for joy, and running as fast as I can to take pot shots every time a marginal major league player has a bad game.
Last edited by Patrick Bateman; 08-10-2013 at 10:29 PM.
Watch other major league teams. By your definition, I honestly think there are only about 12 major league calibre players per team.
So am I the only one to get a friendly post game message from Blitz or...?
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."