And in regards to his bunt singles basically replicating a BB...again, I disagree. Sure, in both cases you only get to first. But in the bunt situation, you're forcing the defense to make a play. You've tossed in the possibility of throwing/catching errors, you've added in the possibilities of moving a runner from second to third or even third to home. So like I said numerous times, I'll take a hit...ANY hit...over a walk any day of the week.
Micah Owings' bat is looking really, really good right now. He can be Taveras late inning offensive replacement.
Hugs, smiling, and interactive Twitter accounts, don't mean winning baseball. Until this community understands that we are cursed to relive the madness.
BTW, the average NL SS last season averaged a .738 OPS and the average catcher averaged a .715 OPS. The brand of baseball you're talking about doesn't exist and, in terms of CFs, hasn't for 30 years (1988 being the lone exception).
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Make that a thing.
Walt has stated just the opposite. Taveras is the leadoff hitter and starting CF. That is why he was signed.Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
In order for Taveras not to suck, he has to do three things:
- replicate his OBP from 2007
- Replicate or exceed his SB totals AND SB%
- exceed his BB totals by at the very least doubling them from 2008. That will offset his likely low to middling BA.
- Increase his power output by at least 20%. I don't mean HR's, I mean doubles and triples. in bunches.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Great, now we get to see Taveras' name mentioned in every other post for the next two years. Ugh.
Still no idea what this is costing the Reds?
(Cue the jokes about "a playoff birth.")
And to be precise...Jocketty said this (keep in mind that Fay typed these quotes...so they're probably incorrect *grin*)...
"Willy Taveras fills two significant needs for our ball club, a speed base stealing threat at the top of the order and superior defense in center field," said Jockettty.Nowhere in those quotes does Walt say that he's the starting CF'er or the starting leadoff hitter. He says he's potentially a very good leadoff man. If he doesn't reach that potential, he possibly won't be the leadoff man. He also says he brings good CF defense...not that he's being handed the CF starters job. Let's stop the panic already. ST will decide who'll play where.Walt Jocketty on the Willy Taveras signing:
--"He fills a couple of needs. He gives us very good defense in center field, and he's potentially a very good leadoff man."
Jocketty sadi in order to do that Taveras has to get his on-base percentage close to .367 like it was in the 2007, rather than the .308 it was last season: "He needs to get back to way he was swinging the bat and getting on base a couple of years ago. Jamie Quirk, who's with us now was with Willy in Colorado, feels like Willy can get back to that."
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
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