Last edited by Falls City Beer; 09-05-2009 at 10:14 AM.
It's odd that the board seems to go out of there way to discount his success. He has been Cincy's best offensive player this year. I understand that he doesn't exactly have the optimal pedigree, but he should (at a minimum) be in next year's equation without a doubt and LF should probably be his to lose.
Still doesn't change the fact that a lot of "struggling" AL hitters experience a renaissance in the NL. It shows that Walt understands that fact perfectly and was very smart for picking him up, pennies on the dollar.
My only qualms with Gomes are, can he do it as a regular for a full season and his defense is bad. I'd prefer the Reds get someone who makes Gomes a bench player but they won't so yes, Gomes will be in the mix.
However, I fear it will be:
With Stubbs in AAA.
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I think it's pretty clear the OF is gonna be Gomes, Stubbs, and Bruce, with Balentien and Dickerson backing them up. Taveras gets released (and trust me, it will happen).
Last edited by redsfandan; 09-05-2009 at 11:07 AM.
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I think too many people are willing to hand Stubbs and his .713 OPS at AAA the CF job. After a couple of months of that type of hitting against major league pitching, even Taveras may look good. Dickerson should be penciled in against RH Pitching with Stubbs the RH half of the platoon. If Stubbs takes the job away from him, then great. We know Dickerson probably isn't a full-time guy.
The same should be said for Bruce and Balentien in RF. Bruce needs some success at this point and sitting him against lefties is the easiest path to that success (though I'm skeptical of Balentien being much long term). If Bruce is who we hope he is, he'll win the job.
Gomes in LF has the best chance of the bunch to be successful full-time right now IMO, but I'd try to bring in a lefty who can platoon with him. The best case would be to get one who can play a little 1B or even 3B in a pinch (Eric Hinske might be a good choice??). Even if its not a straight platoon, there should be guys that Gomes sits against, though I'd prefer a straight platoon.
Many complain about the idea carrying 6 OF, but the ideal situation would be to get better players that can hit in the key spots and play every day. Since its not likely, something is going to have to be less than ideal. I'd prefer having an OF with a chance to hit on a daily basis to the relative luxury of carrying a 6th infielder who will only play on Sunday specials or during other such non-sensical times. If somebody gets hurt, an infielder can be recalled and at most the team would be in a bind for part of one game.
Last edited by mth123; 09-05-2009 at 11:50 AM.
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I'd guess the answer has to do with the way they are going to try to pitch right-handers or the way they figure right-handers will set up in GABP. I'd guess it's both. Most right-handers will try to pull in GABP, and they probably want to take advantage of this by going even farther in on them. This means A. put the better fielder of Gomes/Nix or Gomes/Balentien in left; and B. you absolutely must have a 3b who can play--i.e. Rolen. On the road where the parks are more neutral, you play the weaker fielder in left as usual.