We've all been singing the praises of Arroyo, Phillips, and EE as some of the reasons we're 18-8. However, perhaps our 1B platoon has been overlooked.
Aurilia and Hatteberg have combined for the following line: .343/.434/.573
That's right; our 1B is OPS'ing over 1.000. It seems very akin to how Narron used our catchers last year. I'm sure both guys would like more playing time, but Narron is putting them in the position to succeed and the net result is one of the more productive 1B's in the league from two very average (at best) players.
There's always going to be room to complain about a manager (lefty/righty obsession anyone?). But between the intelligent platooning, giving Freel CF full-time with Junior out, playing Phillips everyday when Womack was still on the roster, using his most effective reliever in the highest leverage situations, I'm starting to adjust to the idea of Narron being around a while.
He seems to have a very good rapport with Krivsky and if we continue to win, it will become clear that success makes a manager popular, not the other way around. There's no need to bring in a higher profile name (Pinella). One thing about Narron I like is that he's good in the media playing the whole game of not hurting feelings, but that he has a real plan behind the scenes.
I suppose we'll see where my optimism goes when people cool off...