Narron might be pleased by the results he's seen from the 1B platoon of Hatteberg and Aurilia. But I can't say I share his confidence.
With the season now roughly one-third gone, the 1B platoon has collected 22 RBI and 25 runs. Those are substandard results from an offensive position, especially coupled with Hatteberg and Aurilia not being plus-defenders at 1B.
I'm not out to pillory these two players. The front office, both the O'Brien and Krivsky incarnations, must shoulder the lion's share of the blame for jettisoning Casey without bringing on board a decent replacement.
From all appearances, Dano intended to move Dunn to fill the gap, while Krivsky negated that decision. Both might have been right for their own reasons, but the chaotic management transition has left 1B dangling. It's not quite the same boondoogle as the bullpen, but it's a fluid, unresolved position that will have to get settled sometime this off-season, if not this summer.
Just to demonstrate how far 1B has fallen off the offensive map, here are the RBI and Run totals for the '06 Reds, by position, so far this summer.
2B = 37
LF = 30
RF = 30
CF = 30
3B = 30
1B = 22
C = 21
SS = 17
LF = 36
SS = 35
RF = 32
2B = 31
3B = 29
1B = 25
CF = 20
C = 17
In both RBI and runs scored, what we're seeing is 1B reduced to the same levels of production as traditional defensive-oriented positions -- C, SS, CF-- and far trailing the production we're getting from RF, LF, 3B, even 2B. Doesn't cut it, in my book.
I'm not lamenting the Casey trade -- only the platoon that has arisen in his absence. Also, to repeat, I have no particular axe to grind against Aurilia or Hatteberg. They both bring certain qualities to the table that make them great reserves for the Reds -- Aurilia's IF versatility and power against LH pitchers; Hatteberg's patience and OBP.
But this 1B platoon should not be held too sacred or last too much longer or puffed up too much by Narron. Having erased Dano's plan covering the successor issue for Casey, it's time for Krivsky to reveal his own long-term answer, a palatable and productive answer, a true solution and not just a stopgap.