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    Re: Freel

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    So glad you picked up on the sarcasm.

    I'll make it easy. Freel. Leadoff.

    And spend your time worrying how to relegate Phillips to the bench.
    I decided to look at Freel by month since 2004 -- AB's and the standard 3 stats.

    4/04: 67 AB, .254/.296/.403 - .699 OPS, 3 SB
    5/04: 86 AB, .244/.381/.326 - .707, 5
    6/04: 84 AB, .274/.408/.321 - .729, 6
    7/04: 92 AB, .315/.394/.348 - .742, 6
    8/04: 83 AB, .253/.354/.325 - .679, 8
    9/04: 93 AB, .312/.390/.484 - .874, 9

    4/05: 44 AB, .341/.453/.455 - .907, 5
    5/05: 92 AB, .304/.418/.467 - .886, 8
    6/05: 45 AB, .200/.333/.222 - .556, 8 (DL on 6/19)
    7/05: 41 AB, .366/.409/.439 - .848, 8 (5 in LA) (off DL on 7/20)
    8/05: 44 AB, .182/.234/.295 - .529, 0 (DL on 8/16)
    9/05: 95 AB, .253/.355/.337 - .691, 7 (off DL on 9/4)

    4/06: 76 AB, .263/.434/.329 - .763, 8
    5/06: 39 AB, .179/.220/.205 - .425, 2

    I'm not sure if there's anything to be made from this other than:
    - his worst OPS month in 2004 came after a 92 AB month
    - he was horrible and injured in May 05 after a 92 AB month
    - he was initiatially good upon returning from DL in July, hit & ran his ass off for 2 weeks, then sucked again and went back on the DL in August
    - he played all of Sept 05 and had an average month
    - he played quite a bit in April (busiest April of his career) then tanked in May in '06

    Now I'm am fully aware of all sample size considerations and the inherent performance variabilty of any major leaguer. Offensively speaking, I would much rather have Freel out there than a Womack or Phillips. However, if sitting Freel twice week means a day of Rich Aurilia or Scott Hatteberg and it means the .280/.400./.450 version of Freel when he's in there and keeping him off the DL, I'd take it.
    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.

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    Re: Freel

    Freel is the best leadoff hitter we got, and should play the majority of the games. He is a great defensive centerfielder, and should also play there most of the time. I agree with you that he does need some rest, but he should play majority of the time.

    This guy is great at creating things on the basepaths and scoring runs. He does make mistakes, but who doesn't? He is way better than Deno, and should play over him any day of the week.

    Maybe it's just me, but a Freel, FeLo combo is a lot more dangerous than a Deno, FeLo combo, but I have been hearing a lot lately that Deno is more wanted than Freel.
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    Re: Freel

    Quote Originally Posted by griffeyfreak4
    This guy is great at creating things on the basepaths and scoring runs. He does make mistakes, but who doesn't?
    Freel makes a lot of mental mistakes on the basepaths and has been a rally killer twice in the last two weeks because of those mistakes. I like Freel, I just don't make him up to be what a lot of Reds fans do. I don't think he is a smart player and he has shown that he is not effective when he plays everyday. I like him in the utility role where he is now getting 3-4 starts a week.

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    Re: Freel

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    I like him in the utility role where he is now getting 3-4 starts a week.
    I wouldn't mind this if Freel were being platooned with another good-fielding, smart-hitting guy like Denorfia. But that's not how the team is currently operating, so I want Freel in there as often as humanly possible.

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    Re: Freel

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    I wouldn't mind this if Freel were being platooned with another good-fielding, smart-hitting guy like Denorfia. But that's not how the team is currently operating, so I want Freel in there as often as humanly possible.
    With Phillips' numbers declining, a platoon at second base is becoming a possibility.

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    Re: Freel

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    With Phillips' numbers declining, a platoon at second base is becoming a possibility.
    If I'm the Reds' manager, Phillips is a pinch-runner, a la Dave Roberts.

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    Re: Freel needs regular days off

    I think Phillips' D is a little better then Dave Roberts
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    Re: Freel needs regular days off

    I need a day off myself.
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    Re: Freel needs regular days off

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor
    I need a day off myself.
    You are not scrappy then.
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