Tony Cloninger (08-02-2014)
I thought the thread title could have been "Could R. Santiago outperform Zach Cozart?"
Although Santiago is years past his prime as a defensive SS, his current slash line trumps that of Cozart.
Santiago .255 /.352/ .309/ .660
Cozart .227/ .279/ .296/ .574
If it's offense that they need, then Santiago at SS and Lutz in LF (along with Pena at 1B) would add some lefty offense
-- if Bruce isn't going to supply it.
I'm just not sure.
But I think Dave Navarro could.
Cozart 2014 - .225/.276/.293/.569 in 96 games
Janish 2009 - .211/.296/.305/.601 in 90 games
Janish 2010 - .260/.338/.385/.723 in 82 games
Janish 2011 - .214/.259/.262/.521 in 114 games
Cozart seems determined this season to go full Janish. You never go full Janish.
Last edited by Tom Servo; 07-26-2014 at 03:05 AM.
"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."
Navarro tonight: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI
Cozart tonight: 0-3
Navarro (AAA): .316/.356/.471/.827
Cozart (MLB): .219/.268/.283/.552
i would like to see him come up, but it seems Cozart has a FREE pass to fail on offense with ZERO accountability for it. If i could afford it, i would buy Cozart the device from a website they advertise sometimes during games http://www.speedhitter.com/.. then maybe would care his offense is killing the team when they need it and BRUCE TOO!!!!
DIDI should be a Red, dumb move to rely on Cozart. He can't hit, period. Gregorius would be a great for this team. I would take the Choo trade back right now if possible. Our lineup with all the injuries would be still somewhat dangerous.
Hamilton, Gregorius, Frazier, Mesoraco, Bruce, Stubbs, Pena, Cozart
Since that is old news. I would DFA Hannahan and Skip right now. Call up F Perez and Navarro.
Hamilton, Navarro, Frazier, Mesoraco, Bruce, Ludwick, F Perez, Santiago. In this scenario Luddy is at 1B, Perez is in LF and Navarro at 2B.
Cozart's 52 wRC+ places him dead last, easily, in MLB among qualified hitters. Only one other hitter is below 60. Only 3 others are below 70. Only 8 others are below 80. He's been 19.1 runs below average offensive.
The crazy part is that he's been 16.5 runs above average defense, making him the 3rd most productive defensive player in baseball. He's basically Brendan Ryan.
I have no idea about Rey Navarro and what he's capable of doing, but I know the bar isn't very high.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Going into tonight the NL average OPS for the shortstop position was .695.
The Reds OPS for the shortstop position was .564, last in the league.
I don't think you can have such a huge gap between your hitters and league average at any of the 8 positions. Cozart's offense was never that good, but really has taken a dive this season.
Last edited by Kc61; 08-03-2014 at 12:56 AM.
Cozart is a fascinating creature. He's beyond terrible at the plate, but still is 1 win player according to fWAR.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.