cincrazy's "blind optimism" thread got me thinking about the 2007 Reds.
I guess in a sense, my thoughts range right now from this team is overperforming in some aspects, performing just as I had expected, and underperforming in other areas.
His W/L record doesn't indicate how well he's pitched for us to date, but he's giving us quality starts and keeping us in ballgames.
We knew what we were getting in his glove, but his bat has well exceeded my expectations, as well as I'm sure that of others.
The kid had never sniffed a PA above High A, and we all know his story. ESPN can't stop talking about him, and I think it's good for Josh that he has some sort of female significant other, or else Steve Phillips would definitely want to date him.
He's been far better than I've expected, but maybe my standards for him were ridiculously low coming into this season.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Everyday he seems to be more comfortable in RF, and he's looking better at the plate. Again, my expectations weren't high for him this year, so this could be my low standards again.
He's giving us what we've come to expect from him. He's gonna strikeout a lot, he's gonna walk a lot, he'll probably hit for low average, I'm sure he might put up sub par numbers with RISP, but he's producing runs at his career norm.
So far, he's repeating his 2006 success, and I anticipate he'll continue this trend for the remainder of 2007. My only hope is that he doesn't pitch much more than 225 IP, for I fear he'll become damaged goods due to overuse.
Scott Hatteberg/Jeff Conine.
This platoon has been serviceable, since our best option at 1B continues to man LF. Neither is hurting us offensively or defensively, and is most likely just the stop gap for Joey Votto, when he makes the permanent move to the big club in 2008.
You're not an OBP guy, I get that, but you're not a SLG guy either. Get that OPS closer to .800 and with your defense, then you return to being a *gasp* premier option at 2B. Granted, if Narron batted you between 5-8 where you belong, this might be a different story, but you have zero business batting between 1-4. I know, I know, this isn't your fault, but you need to accept your role and try to get on base. Please?
Maybe Narron used you too much last year? Maybe you have a case of the Homer Bailey disease, and you've fallen deeply in love with your fastball? Regardless, you're not fooling NL hitters right now, and you're underperforming as our #2. You're gonna bounce back, I have faith in you, but right now, you're not putting up the numbers we expect out of you.
I love that you sacrifice your body. I love the effort. But... let's be a little smarter out there? Let's be smarter on the base paths, and let's not try and make the impossible play everytime out in the field. You need to get on base and not make outs. You're a super sub, and you need to accept that. You're important to this team, that's why we gave you the extension, so embrace your role and maximize your production. I know you'll bounce back too, you're just not an everyday player.
We know their story too. Nothing to see here, move along...
I knew you were going to regress to a career norm, but you didn't have to regress this much... I think you're good defensively (except when handling a play at the plate), and you seem to call a good game, but wow are you a black hole offensively this year. I hope you turn the corner and improve, but I just don't see it happening.
I'm sure I missed some guys, but these were just some thoughts off the top of my head.
Feel free to chime in as to who or whom you think is overperforming, doing what we expect, or stinking up the joint far more than we expected.