So I was curious about the amount of playing time that each LFer had gotten here in September and the success of each...
McDonald who is 31:
Has had 34 AB's with ZERO BB's and 11K's 3 XBH and 4 RBI's in 10 Games
With a .265 /.353 /.618 OPS Line
Balentien who is 25:
Has had 25 AB's with 4 BB's and 9 K's 5 XBH and 2 RBI's in 7 games
With a .414 /.640 /.1054 OPS Line
Gomes who is 29:
Has had 45 AB's with 3 BB's and 9 K's 6 XBH and 8 RBI's in 12 games
With a .292 /.556 /.848 OPS Line
He has given McD 3 more games and 9 more AB's than a possible solution to our LF dilema in Balentien next year. Gomes does deserve the AB's he is getting but he might prove to be a couple million we shouldn't spend on OF help since we have so much... These are the types of decisions that lend to Dusty's Veterans over Youngsters stigma. Even though Balentien is the Vet by service time... No way McDonald should be anything more than a early game PH, PR or a defensive replacement in the late innings...
I heard in a pregame interview Dusty said he bases his daily outfield on who is pitching for the Reds that day. He said if a guy is more of a flyball pitcher, he will run defensive players over big hitters out there and vice versa. Now I'm not a expert or anything but don't Flyball pitchers tend to give up something called a HR more often than GB pitchers? Leading to more runs given up and needing more offense? I about gagged in my car listening to that...
Last year Dusty HAD to play Patterson because there were no options to replace him. With McDonald there isn't any excuse to play him. McDonald will not be apart of the 2010 Reds at all. Balentien more than likely will be. There is zero to play for this year except Dusty's Managerial Record. Which he is sabatoging by running the Taverases, McDonalds, Janishes, Gonzales and such then placing them at the top of the order. We play no more teams in any type of race. It should be the young guys for the last 15 or so games.
I am curious to see how he plays and handles Taveras once he is able to go. I'd almost bet he either splits his time with Stubbs or puts Stubbs in LF because he has played it before...
A lineup vs RH's of:
Balentien - .395 /.493 /.988 OPS Vs .263 /.188 /.451 Vs LH
Gomes - .361 /.523 /.884 OPS with a .295 BA vs .255 vs RH and a .335 OBP
and I didn't even have to manage a couple thousand games to figure that out...