Thursday, May 25, 2006

This blogger returns; Coco soon to follow 

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. Finals have been very hectic, but I'm finally free, so this blog will see daily updates.

Rather than rehash the past couple weeks, I'll just start with a clean slate.

The latest, and probably most predictable, news comes courtesy of Ian Browne's blog on MLB.com. Browne reports:

"For those of you who might be wondering if there is a leadoff controversy in store, considering how great Youkilis has done since Coco has been out, consider the issue to be over.

Terry Francona made it clear today that Coco will lead off when he comes back, which figures to be Monday night in Toronto. Youkilis said he doesn't care at all, and that spots in the order are irrelevant."

I can't say I really agree with the decision, but I'm not surprised in the least. There have been studies done that show that lineup construction has very little bearing on scoring output, but I'm not so sure how much stock I put into them.

Obviously, we want guys with high OBPs in front of Ortiz and Ramirez. If we're going to stick to this rule of thumb, Youkilis and Loretta should be manning the 1 and 2 spots. However, since Francona feels the need to employ a prototypical leadoff hitter at the top of the order, Coco will get the nod.

What can ya do? I'm sure Coco will do just fine up there, and moving Youkilis to the 7 or 8 spot will do wonders for the bottom of the order. What would be interesting is if Terry chose to move Alex Gonzalez into the 8 spot, with Youkilis batting ninth and serving as the double-leadoff hitter that Tony LaRussa has used in the past. This strategy would give the meat of the order more RBI opportunities and would surely prevent Youk from being stranded on base over and over by the putrid A-Gon.

That's all for now. More tomorrow.

P.S. - The Sabermetric stats have been updated through last night's game. I will look over them tomorrow and pull out anything of interest. Take care.

Congrats on finishing up exams. I remember that wonderful feeling!

love your idea about Youk in the ninth spot.Let's hope Tito reads your blog.

Personally, I think having Youkilis in the 8 spot would work better, because then you'd be stranding guys like Lowell (who hits doubles) and Trot (who walks). Youk will have more RBI opportunities in the 8 spot, but less runs.

Way to go!

I just finished my finals too -- I went from blogging 2-3 times a day on my Nationals' site to 1-2 times in a week. Sadly, I started summer classes two days after finishing my spring finals. (sigh..)

Two more semesters -- "I think I can ... I think I can ... I think I can..."

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It's been ages since i posted here. Been sick, busy etc. There are not many games left this season. It has had it's up's and down's. Meet some new Reds i adore. Meet David Ross again. Knew of him when was a Dodger. Missed Sean Casey a lot. Reds then got rid of Austin Kerns. Seen the Reds 9 times this year at Busch Stadium. Saw the Phillies 3 times. Seen The Astros 3 times. Gonna see the Astros for my 4th time September 13th. Gonna go to games in 2 weeks to see Brian Giles.No idea who will make the playoffs.First Choice Reds. Second Choice Phillies. 3RD Astros. 4TH Choice Padres. Padres just because of Brian Giles, Geoff Blum and Trevor Hoffmann. I hope to at least attend one playoff game. But if the Cards don't make it won't go to any. Because i can't afford to travel. But if i had to choose. I'd rather the Reds win the Central and just have to watch them on tv.Seeing them on tv would be better than them not making the playoffs at all.
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