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I don't know what experience you think Rijo had but it was about the same as Travis Wood.
I love Eric too and his talent level was on another level but Stubbs plays far more often. I think the comparison is that unique blend of power and speed that you don't see too often anymore.
The Nasty Boys were largely proven bc of the series year, not before it. I expect the same here.
Comparisons are premature but not unrealistic!
PS Reds would still be undefeated if Rolen, Cairo or Janish played 3rd today. Francisco needs to go down to AAA now and stay down there for quite sometime.
Rijo had been in the majors at least off an on for 4-5 years prior to 1990. This is Wood's second year.
Regarding Francisco, he had a bad day. My guess is the veterans are telling him about some of the game's finer points on the flight to Arizona. He has talent. I was there Sunday and he stung the ball in a late-game at-bat.
He had a bad day today. It's hard for some guys to get in the lineup once a week and produce. With Rolen being a vet, he figures to get one start a week or probably as many as 30 this year plus pinch-hitting and late-game replacements. They aren't doing anything with him on the basis of one (really) bad game.
They will have him ready and have his head on right next time this happens.
This post was edited by SteveHelwagen on 4/7/2011 at 11:53 PM
This team could be ready. OBP by our leadoff hitter will be a tale of the tape, imo.
The skill that's often overlooked when viewing Eric Davis' body of work was his phenomenal baseball savvy. He took the extra base, hit the cut-off man, didn't get 'lost' on the basepaths...or in the field. And his glove was phenomenal, not to mention his 'heart', in the field.
He played the '90 post-season with a lacerated kidney, wasn't it(?).
Schott left him behind after the series. Flew home without him. And, he was the subject of most of her racial slurs. And, he played through it. No worries. That's beside the point but it speaks to his integrity, imo.
I think his glove was maybe as good as Larkin's. Hard to compare the positions. Very underrated CF, imo.
They talk a lot of George Foster's bat speed but ED weighed about 180 and hit far more tape measure shots than GF. He would scald the ball. This is where Stubbs won't catch up: bat speed. jmo. The man was as feared at the plate with RISP, and on the paths, as any player in the NL. By far he was the most feared hitter on that team. Will we ever hear that about Drew? ED's right up there with Pete as my all-time favorite ball player.
We'll talk about comparing lead-off hitters when Drew becomes more established. Right now it wouldn't be fair to compare him to Mariano Duncan, who was the most unheralded player on that team...and the catylist. And, Stubbs certainly is that..
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If memory serves, I think Eric Davis lacerated his kidney during the world series, and yeah, Marge threw him away. Shame, ED is in my top three all time favorite Reds. Only person I've ever liked watching bat more is Junior.
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