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If Stubbs gets a single in his first game after the break, and nothing else, he will have the rare 4 game cycle, in which he got a homer, triple, double and single in each game and nothing else.
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I just want to say how much more I enjoy Drew Stubbs now that he's hitting in the 8 hole. He made a nice play to cut off a ball in the gap in game 1 and he did it again on the Giants only hit last night. Then you watch Pagan misplay his triple and you realize how nice it was to have Stubbs running around out there. And he has a hit in each of the first two games.
So far starting Stubbs has been exactly the right choice for both games.
"I’ll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. That’s just how I do things.” -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
Stubbs has hits in 2-straight games and squared up a few other balls. Im not sure, at this point, that Heisey is ANY increase in offense. This team is built around pitching and defense and Id be floored if Stubbs werent the starter tomorrow night.
As always, Stubbs makes sense against southpaws. He had good looks against Bumgartner, and even managed to handle a righty after that. Not sure if he started feeling a little more comfortable after batting against the lefty or what. Also makes sense having Stubbs in the spacious AT park OF. There were a few cut-off plays that Stubbs made very nicely that I'm not sure what Heisey does.
Still, if we have a home game against a righty, I think Heisey is the right choice as his issues are minimized, and allows an extra reasonable bat in the lineup.
Funny little state we kept hearing late in the season as to what the Reds record was when Drew scored in a game? He's scored in both games and we're 2-0. I like that.
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It was also nice to know last night that with Hanigan on first and Stubbs at the plate, that the DP was going to minimized. Sure enough, what happens? Stubbs hits it to second, but low and behold he beats it out at first. Its nice to have that. Despite his hitting woes.
I thought Stubbs looked like a general out there in CF. His demeanor has been sharp. He catches the ball with ease and fires it right back in to the pitcher to keep the pace. He is a nice comfort when you have the lead on the road.