We’re in year four of the rebuild/reboot/insert-your-term-here. For other teams that have been through this process, this year is really the end of the “sorting.” They determine their best eight starting position players, five best starting pitchers, and best relievers, then go into the off-season ready to make upgrades where necessary to take the next step.
For this writer anyway, it feels as though the results of the “sorting” that has taken place through the previous difficult years is being dismissed. Two outfielders, Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall, with sub-.200 batting averages are still involved in a four-man outfield rotation that also involves Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker.
Since July 1, 2017:
Adam Duvall (age 29): .202/.269/.383
Billy Hamilton (age 27): .234/.300/.324
Jose Peraza (age 24): .273/.318/.343
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) April 29, 2018
The numbers in that tweet don’t include the last several games, but they are illustrative of trends that have been unfolding for awhile. The statistical performance for both players has been in decline for not just months, but years.
I’m curious about the thoughts of Redleg Nation about this idea. When the time comes that Nick Senzel is recalled and added to the lineup at second base, how about moving Scooter Gennett to the outfield? He played there a couple of times last year in a pinch. Your starting lineup could be something like this:
Jesse Winker RF
Nick Senzel 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Eugenio Suarez 3B
Scott Schebler CF
Scooter Gennett LF
Jose Peraza SS
Tucker Barnhart C
There’s not an automatic out in that lineup, as it sometimes seems with Hamilton and-or Duvall inserted. Clearly, outfield defense would be an issue. The argument could be made that this might be the worst defensive outfield in the majors. But you would have two Gold-Glove-caliber outfield defenders in Hamilton and Duvall to insert late into close games to help protect leads.
We know the results when the lineup includes two defensive studs who can’t hit their weight. It’s likely that we’re at least a couple of years away from one of the top outfield prospects in the minors being ready for the majors, so why not try a player (Gennett) — who has demonstrated a terrific bat and that he isn’t an everyday second baseman defensively – in the outfield? Let’s take a look and see if he can play an adequate left field. Let me know what you think.
Tonight is the first of a three-game home series against the Miami Marlins, a team which has gutted itself during the off-season in what seems like an every-few-years ritual for that franchise. Game time at Great American Ballpark is 7:10 Eastern time.
Chen, a lefthander, is making his second start of the year for the Marlins. He has a career record of 54-38 for the Orioles and Marlins. Romano’s numbers this year closely reflect his overall numbers from last year, which included some difficult outings. The hope for all of the youngsters in the Reds rotation is to show improvement this year. So far this year on the improvement graph, Romano is flat. It’s early, but consistently solid performance is still eluding Romano. The numbers above indicate tonight could be a high-scoring affair.
Amir Garrett is on bereavement leave and won’t be available. As of the writing of this preview story, a corresponding roster move to add someone from the minors had not yet been announced. All others should be available after an off-day.
|LF Derek Dietrich||SS Jose Peraza|
|C J.T. Realmuto||2B Alex Blandino|
|2B Starlin Castro||1B Joey Votto|
|1B Justin Bour||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|RF Brian Anderson||LF Adam Duvall|
|3B Martin Prado||RF Scott Schebler|
|SS Miguel Rojas||C Tucker Barnhart|
|CF Lewis Brinson||P Sal Romano|
|P Wei-Yin Chen||CF Billy Hamilton|
News and Notes
Remember that a case of vertigo cut short Nick Senzel’s 2017 season …
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) May 4, 2018
Perhaps related and perhaps not …
Dilson Herrera promoted from Daytona to Louisville
Hector Vargas promoted from “Billings” to Daytona.#Reds
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) May 3, 2018
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.