From: john smith on
There was one play in the hole last night which made Cabrera look like a
soccer goalie or a matador giving it the old ole' to a ball Janish most
definitely stops.

Brandon Phillips is definitely no clean up hitter but unfortunately
circumstances on the Red's rosters leaves Dusty no choice. He is
probably a six hitter on a good team. He is definitely too much of a
free swinger to hit number two. If Bruce ever straightens out, you could
flip flop Phillips/Bruce between 4 and 6 depending on the pitcher. But
that is not in the plans as of yet. I would definitely keep Rolen 5th.
At least he protects Phillips who seems to hit fastballs best.

My new concern is the catcher Ramon Hernandez. He is definitely showing
his age. His swing is terrible. He tries to inside out almost every
pitch to the RF corner. Hannigan is no star but I would like to see him
get more time after seeing Hernandez so far. Ramon looks more like a
hockey player taking wrist shots than a batter swinging a bat.

Most people in here believed the Reds had at least 3 holes maybe 4 in
the starting eight. To my knowledge nothing in the first week has caused
me to change my mind on this. Only one of the four holes has a potential
upside and that is Stubbs. On the other hand he will have to prove me
wrong because I believe he is no lead off hitter. The Reds have an awful
lot of six and seven hitters on this team.

I don't think the pitching can offset the holes in the batting order.
The more I look at things Cabrera could be this years Willy T with some
power. Janish deserves a chance.

From: RJA on
On Apr 13, 3:55 pm, HTP <tmbowma...(a)> wrote:
> On Apr 13, 10:46 am, RJA <agentvau...(a)> wrote:
> > On Apr 13, 1:10 pm, HTP <tmbowma...(a)> wrote:
> > > On Apr 13, 8:31 am, RJA <agentvau...(a)> wrote:
> > > > On Apr 13, 10:43 am, tom dunne <dunn...(a)> wrote:
> > > > > On Apr 13, 10:08 am, eddyg...(a) (john smith) wrote:
> > > > > > In addition to Rolen's unexpected power, it is a pleasure to watch him
> > > > > > play defense. At least now we don't have to hold our breath every time a
> > > > > > throw is uncorked from third base..
> > > > > Rolen is off to a good start.  Why, it's almost as if he makes more
> > > > > sense in the four hole than Babe Phillips!
> > > > Move Phillips to 2nd and tell him his new job is to get on base and do
> > > > all those winning things that second hitters allegedly do.  Cabrera
> > > > can bat 8th.
> > > Do you really think that Phillips would be able to suddenly make
> > > himself over as an OBP guy? I doubt that.
> > I think he's more of a hacker because he's batting 4th.  I guess it
> > depends on how unselfish he can be.  He's no Barry Larkin in that
> > respect.  He has shown that he can hit the other way, and maybe he'd
> > be more patient in a different role.  If nothing else, he has walked
> > twice this year and Cabrera has yet to draw one.  In fact, Cabrera's
> > OBP is lower than his batting average!
> > > If cabrera is going to be dropped to 8th, then they might as well just
> > > start Janish. Bringing in a guy for his offensive ability and then
> > > batting him 8th doesnt make all that much sense.
> > He's still a better hitter than Janish no matter where you put him,
> > but he looks slow in the field.  There was an inning last night where
> > 2 or 3 balls were hit his way that I think a good SS would have gotten
> > to.  They all went for singles and led to the plating of some runs.- Hide quoted text -
> > - Show quoted text -
> I was going to ask about that because i wasnt able to watch the game
> but did listen on the radio and I can recall at least 1 instance where
> the broadcaster implied that the ball just made it past cabrera.
>  Were you able to watch the game. Did you see 2 or 3 balls go for hits
> that Janish probably gets to?

Yes. Not exaggerating. And another one tonight in the inning in
which Arroyo gave up 4 runs.
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