Not this year...maybe a Wild Card
Regarding playoff roster...Do the Reds really need to carry 12 pitchers? One of the starters will go to the pen. I suspect that the Reds will use the DL to postpone the final roster decision beyond the 31st.
My three things.
1. Acquire David Dejesus.
2. Activate Joey Votto, Nick Masset and Bill Bray and use the DL to keep options open and get guys with minor injuries healthy and ready for the post season (Cairo, Lecure, Ondrusek, Broxton, Rolen, etc,)
3. Find a Way to Use a 3 Man rotation in the post season
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Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
It's gotta be Cairo or Valdez. Of course they would only do that if they felt Cozart would play every inning of every game. Any injury would force them to DL him immediately to bring in Valdez (though we'd have Cairo or Frazier playing SS for the balance of the game). That seems an unnecessary risk to simply keep Cairo around.
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My only desire is to platoon Paul with Stubbs. Stubbs against lefties, Paul against righties.
It can't hurt to try. And it should be tried for more than just one game.
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I dont think we'll ever see a catcher hit 2nd in a Dusty lineup. While it makes sense to us, it won't really bother me if it never happens.
That said, I simply do not understand Dusty's logic on NOT putting BPhil to leadoff and have Ludwick hit cleanup. At the ASB, Jocketty was on the hunt for a cleanup hitter. We have one - it's Ryan Ludwick. I fail to see how BP is viewed as a better cleanup than Ludwick.
That's a GOOD lineup. If only it'd be used...
I'm guessing, no he can't.
And "things" like that are tried during spring training or losing seasons, not seasons like the Reds are having.
The mantra of this team has always had an undercurrent of defense first, doubtful that will change in late August
Both Stubbs/Cozart have more power than Hannigan, and more speed.
They can get into scoring position easier.
I also think Hannigan's OBP plummets when he's not hitting 8th.
Hannigan is the perfect #8 hitter. He will take those walks (including the "pitch arounds) when people are on base and the pitcher would rather face the pitcher.
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