04/11/2005

Kearns vs Casey

Today’s Cincinnati Post has an article about Kearns tough start…and he has been pretty awful.

But the media’s favorite…Sean Casey must not be having a tough start, even though his BA is barely above Kearns and his OPS is lower.

Isn’t Casey’s bad start really more newsworthy than Kearns?

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. With WMP breathing down his back (at least by some folks standards) Kearns is going to have to fight off the press and its love of creating “compition” in the press. Casey is the “mayor” and he “hits” into his outs thus the pretty factor is much brighter on him than others.

    The media has a strike out fetish, it seems that they have no love for the type of team the Reds have built, a team that isn’t BA driven or speed dependant. But looks for walks, accelerated pitch counts and slugging percentage.

    I’ll have a hard time wanting to listen to the belly aching that is likely to happen if this team finds itself on the wrong side of .500 sooner than later.

  2. Casey’s bad start is not as newsworthy as Kearns because as early as 30 days ago, the rightfield job was up for grabs. Kearns grabbed the first two weeks of spring training, but I think Wily Mo has outplayed him since then. Right or wrong, Casey’s position has not been subject to debate, and one week’s worth of sub-par peroformance doesn’t change that. However, since Kearns has never fully cemented the right-field job (mostly due to frequent injuries), his performance is under a larger microscope.

    I think the most newsworthy piece about Casey’s first week is that he should NOT be hitting 3rd in the lineup. Adam Dunn should be batting in the first inning of every game.

  3. Panic in Redsland… Guys there is still 156 games left… Sean Casey hit .324 with 24 HRS and 99 RBI’s. Casey has been a proven .300 hitter his entire career. This is why he deserves the benefit of the doubt. Austin Kearns has shown flashes of promise but has not proven he will be a consistent player in the MLB. To debate the merits of Casey versus Kearns is crazy… The Reds need more table setters and less Softball free swinging beer league players (Dunn, Kearns, Griffey) Let’s hope they turn it around.

  4. So the Reds need more Sean Caseys and fewer Adam Dunns, Harry? No offense, but if that’s what you’re saying – its insane. “Table setting” doesn’t score runs, at least not by itself. A lineup of Ryan Freel, D.Jiminez, and the beloved Sean Casey wouldn’t do jack-squat. Adam Dunn produced runs as well as almost anyone else in baseball, even if he strikes out 200 times.

  5. Sean’s a “.300 hitter” and a “table setter”, that has to be a “crazy” comparison.

    Career Numbers entering 2005:

    Name AB AVG OBP SLG OPS
    Kearns 881 .277 .372 .465 837
    Casey 3488 .304 .370 .468 838

    So despite all his woes, Kearns sets the table just as well, and hits with the same amount of power as Casey.

    “Crazy”, maybe not.

    I must agree Kearns has yet to “proven he will be a consistent player in the MLB” But must also point out, that niether has Casey. Check out his miserable Todd Benzinger imitation in 2002 (696 OPS) and his below leage average season in 2003 (758 OPS). We can only hope the 900 OPS Casey shows up again this season.

    By the way, the other two “free swinging beer league players” also “set the table” as well as Casey, when they are not busy out slugging him.

    Lifetime OBP entering 2005: Dunn .382 and Griffey .377.

    Later,
    Tom

  6. Two comments:

    Harry: Quit reading the media/Reds marketing on Casey. He’s an average 1st baseman at best, probably past his career peak. Not the $8M Superman the media would have you believe.

    Tom: He’s also never put 2 great half season together.

    I’ve said it before, I’d love Casey for a next door neighbor, but as my first baseman? I’ll pass.

  7. By the way, since I jumped on Harry… I have to give him the award for best RLN handle to-date. “Harry the Horse” is an instant classic.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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2005 Reds, Reds - General