"We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it." - Tony Gwynn
"I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful
So, given the state of the 40 man roster as it stands right now, how would you create the optimal defensive/offensive team and starting 9?
I'd go with this lineup:
Gomes LF Needs a platoon partner badly
That leaves 11 pitchers.
I'd hide Janish' weak bat in the 8 hole and have him stabilize the IF defense.
Last edited by TRF; 01-28-2009 at 11:02 AM.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
"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
LF Chris Dickerson (good OBP guy)
1B Joey Votto (better OBP guy, more at-bats, tends to be walked when runners are in scoring position)
3B Edwin Encarnacion (good OBP, good SLG)
RF Jay Bruce (lacking OBP but drives in runners)
2B Brandon Phillips (lacking OBP but has decent power and speed)
C Ramon Hernandez (makes a lot of contact; can get the runners over)
SS Alex Gonzalez (anemic OBP; good power)
CF Willy Taveras (singles hitter; can steal second and be bunted to third by the pitcher)
Ryan Hanigan (obviously)
Jeff Keppinger (good contact skills; versatile)
Danny Richar (often over-looked but left-handed, skilled, and versatile)
Jonny Gomes (right-handed power bat, destroys left-handers)
Norris Hopper (can play all three outfield spots, makes good contact)
Too bad Eradi's not the GM. He's a smart cookie.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
I think they'll be better than last year's team. It all boils down to what Cueto's able to do.
I agree, FCB. The Reds should be better than last year just by having less dead weight. We probably won't have a ~8.00 ERA coming from our fifth starter slot, no one should be Bako or Patterson bad, and the defense is improved, if only slightly. On top of that, the young core will hopefully develop more.