Don't agree with all of it, but did find some interesting stats:
found at: http://www.redreporter.com/2009/7/13...w-with-lots-of
Batting lineups that put Taveras and/or Hairston at the top (the Reds are 30th in OPS and 29th OBP in all of baseball from lead-off and 27th/28th from the 2 hole);
hitting BP 4th; hitting Hernandez 4th (the Reds are 10th in the NL from the clean-up spot):
Willy Taveras. No one in the majors with more than 145 AB at lead-off has a lower OPS than Willy’s .589, yet he has 252 AB there. Only Jimmy Rollins’s .275 OBP is lower than Willy’s .288 among such hitters.
Jerry Hairston, Jr/Alex Gonzalez/Paul Janish: Hairston’s been a slightly better hitter among the three, but Janish (according to UZR) has been a much better defender than either (and he’s been a better hitter than Gonzalez); enough better, in fact, that fangraphs thinks he’s been worth $1.1M while the other two have negative value. Guess who’s not getting any playing time, and will get sent down once AGon gets back?
I knew it was bad, but not THAT bad; really.
1st/2nd with those two being THIRTIETH !??!?! WOW.
And, we are 10th in the NL in cleanup spot.
And some people think we don't need to go out and get a Big Bat to add to this lineup.
And the SS hole is gaping larger and larger every day.
Time to make a move for a Big Bat, at least short-term. Longter term we MIGHT have a hitter from the minors and/or MAYBE Votto/EdE can move to LF.
SS needs a long-term solution. We have nobody in the pipeline even close.
We need to trade a pitcher, EE, or some other prospects for a POSITIVE VALUE SS.
I know a lot of people don't like the contract, but I'd take Alex Rios in a second. His bat would be more than enough to make up for his lack of good D.
Other option is get TWO Big Bats and then we can live with Janish at SS and in the 8 hole.
Something has to be done, that's for sure.
Unfortunately that Taveras aquisition is the albatross most of it thought it would be.
That is hard to overcome no matter what you add.