"Let me throw this out there for our non-bunter posters. Stubbs has k'd 3 out of his last 6 official ABs. "===============
IMO, attempting to bunt on a regular basis would lead to more strikeouts and a lower BA.
Six pages of Stubbs hitting instructions from people the probably never played the game higher than HS.. I think I am being generous with my comment. Some of you want to play Heisey in center field. Well, folks in 21 plate appearances Heisey has struck out 10 times. I have some hitting advise for Heisey. Next time you go to the plate, take a bat with you.
Being a life long Reds fan, I would be more concerned about Arroyo pitching, Rolen's health, left field play, and signing Phillips and Votto to long term contracts. Stubbs in not a problem at this point in time.
Rolen was injured, along with most of the starting pitching staff on an off most of the season. I believe the Reds were expecting Gomes to put up the same numbers as the previous season. He was a big let down. Shortstop was an issue before Cozart. The most productive player on the team was Phillips, last season. Stubbs is not a lead off hitter, and that was pretty evident.
Last years team was not as good as St Louis or Milwaukee's. Hence, all the trades and free agent pick ups. I view this years team as about the same talent wise, as St. Louis and Milwaukee. The Reds are in for a dog fight to win the division. Arroyo might be finished. I know you are pounding Stubbs, but he has the talent to be a star in the league. Heisey is no more than a situational player. Frazier and "Chubby Taco" Francisco have more ability than Heisey.
In a tiny bandbox like GABP, the single most important thing for a hitter to do is put the bat on the ball. Just making contact can result in a purty HR. One doesn't need to swing hard. One doesn't even need to hit it on the sweet spot. Just make contact and good things will happen.
Yet for some reason our players stroll to the plate swinging as hard as they can on every pitch. It's as if they think those fences are 500 ft away and that singles or doubles don't count.
Just make contact, kids! Sheesh!