"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Anyone notice that Votto has zero walks this year? Zero. His OBP is below .300. He is young and will improve, but he's not a leadoff hitter for this team.
Keppinger must be the leadoff hitter on this team. He is the best hitter on the team right now, except from a power perspective. High OBP, high average. Get him on base early and often, and more runs will score.
Normally I don't like Dunn at #2 because it emphasizes his walks and not his power. But nobody will pitch to Dunn this year. So put him at 2 ahead of Griffey and maybe he gets something to hit.
So I start with Kepp, Dunn, Griffey. Then, at the fourth spot, I put the hottest guy available. Right now, EE is hot so it's him.
Phillips and Patterson should be lower in the lineup. Patterson has only struck out four times so I think his bat will come around. Some bad luck. But he's still not a leadoff hitter.
Phillips needs to stop trying to hit balls into orbit. He will get back on track once he adjusts. Until then, he's a fifth or sixth place hitter. Put him sixth to break up the lefties.
So where I come out is Kepp, Dunn, Griffey, EE (while hot), Votto, Phillips (while cold), Patterson, Bako, pitcher.
And the pitcher hits ninth. You only hit the pitcher 8th if you think your pinch hitters are better than your ninth place position player. The Reds don't have great pinch hitters so I don't hit the pitcher 8th.
Last edited by Kc61; 04-21-2008 at 02:31 PM.
Of course, it'll never happen.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
You cannot defeat an ignorant man in an argument!
-William Gibbs McAdoo
Though many of us here are sure trying