"My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton
I think that a lot of what the opening lineup will be in '08 will depend upon who is the manager.
If the Reds hire a strong, experienced manager (Davey anyone?) on a 4 or 5 year contract I think that they will take a deep breath and commit to building with the kids, even if it means they aren't competitive in '08.
OTOH, if they use the manager's spot as a training ground for Rick Sweet or Ron Oester types on a 2 year contract for little money then I think it will be a very depressing year in '08. In fact, if that's the case, would worry greatly that EdE will be gone for some tired old arm and I would even worry a lot about Wayne dealing some good arms from the minor league system (maybe Bailey) so that he can make a splash with a 'name' pitcher like a Schilling or Buehrle. :thumbdown
As for the RBI, their team dependent and SLG driven. He had a high (almost .500) SLG that year, so that fits. I'd imagine he got an awful lot of chances that year.
His game seemingly revolves around avoiding walks at all costs. If he's slugging at a high rate and hitting .300+, it can be ignored. If not... well... there's a reason why he's in the minors and playing poorly there.