Stubbs has improved so far. lets hope it lasts
Unfortuantly, in the past it hasn't . The only person streakier than Stubbs is Bruce. I hope both improve and keep improving but with Stubbs you have to wonder just how long it's gonna take or Baker is going to give him. Up until the last couple games he looked just like the Stubb of last year and before, where as at least Bruce looks to be headed in the right direction.
Stubbs has never hit in front of Votto before, so maybe it will be long lasting. and ALL the announcers are commenting on how his plate approach is different since the move and that he appears to be trying to "punch the ball to RF" instead of trying to "jerk everything out over the LF wall"
again, here's hoping
Rose is from the Sparky Anderson school of playing your regulars 99% of the time
I recall hearing somewhere that the eight players from the Big Red Machine of 75-76 (Rose, Griffey, Morgan, Foster, Perez, Bench, Concepcion and Geronimo) actually only started together for about 30 games during that two-year span. That's all eight in the starting lineup.
I remember Vuckovich starting 25 games or so at third in 75 before Rose took over and Foster went to left. I don't remember any significant injuries or bench players getting a lot of starts so maybe one of our stats guys can fact-check that.
I don't see how Dusty will ever be able to get the lineup right with this lot. He has a tall order in front of him and i don't think Dusty is going to be able to get it done.
Sorry, but it is time to move on. Probably will not happen during the season unless we REALLY stink it up but it'd say at the end of this season it is curtains for Baker in Cincinnati.
The other side of the argument is Tony LaRussa changed his line-up the most last season, and won a World Series.
Best comment in this post is about Brook, whether Pete actually said it or not. Past time for Reds to replace Brook.
Now is the time to do something to shake things up.
The Reds have a combination of good hitters and bad hitters.
However, there is an organizational problem that makes them ALL worse. Every single one of them goes to the plate with a feast or famine approach. On the first pitch, they load up and swing for the fences. Other pitchers know they do that, so they simply throw a pitch around the zone that is hittable but difficult to hit OUT. That almost always results in either an out or a swing and miss.
It also means the starting pitcher gets through many innings in under ten pitches. Our hitters rarely get to face the soft spot of other teams' pitching staffs, the middle relievers. We go directly from the starter to their late inning guys.
It's not the lineup. It's the approach.