Alot has happened thats positive and alot has happened that's cause for concern with the Reds in April but i'd like to focus on the biggest story of their season so far.
I took a look at early league leaders in VORP and a few familiar names popped up:
VORP mlb for RF in '07:
1. Vlad: 15.6
2. S. Green: 11.1
3. M. Ordonez: 9.3
4. J. Hamilton: 8.9
9. A. Kearns: 4.3
Now there's immediately a caveat. Hamilton is listed as a RF because that's the position he's had the most defesive innings at but he's played 9 games in right, 6 in center and 6 in left. VORP is weighted for positional playing time in cases where a player plays multiple positions so it's a little like apples and oranges to compare Josh to RFers. However, suffice it to say that his bat in April has been an unmitigated success.
Also note that Kearns shows up in the top ten of all major league right fielders. He quietly had a very solid April for Washington putting up a line of .272/.350/.446 while playing the majority of his April games in a pit for hitters (translates roughly into .289/.369/.486 in GABP)
How would the outfield look with Kearns in right, Hamilton in center and Dunn in left with Freel playing supersub between the OF and 3b?
Anyway, hat's off to a great first month of what will hopefully be a long career for Josh Hamilton....