Bitter about the Reds' Recent Past, Immediate Present and Near Future, I Will Disparage A Hard-Working Ballplayer
From today's MLB.com preview of the Reds-Cubs game tonight:
"Taveras glad to be back in action"
Willy, I'm not glad that you're back in action. Your OPS+ is 47!
CINCINNATI -- Willy Taveras was more than ready to get back to prowling the basepaths for the Reds on Monday.
He doesn't prowl them very much, since his .275 OBP is 70 points below the league average.
Taveras, who had missed the previous five games with a sore left wrist, watched his team struggle to get runners on base and advance into scoring position. He was back in the lineup against the Cubs in the first game of the three-game series.
I wonder how bad he felt that he wasn't in his usual spot at the top of the lineup not helping get on base.
"It was hard," Taveras said. "I just want to be part of the group."
"It wasn't hard," dan-bob said. "I just want you to be part of any group that is not the Cincinnati Reds."
Taveras rejoined that group on Monday and was back in his customary leadoff spot.
"When I'm swinging, it feels better," he said.
When you're swinging, it feels better to the opposing pitcher, since it's probably at a pitch in the dirt... since you've only walked seventeen times in 377 AB.
In Taveras' absence, Drew Sutton filled in at leadoff while playing left field and went 3-for-12. Laynce Nix shifted to center field with Taveras out.
I guess I should complain less. Drew Sutton's OPS+ is 22 and his OBP is .208. But at least he has a small sample size of 23 AB! And he's making about two million dollars less than you, Willy!
Taveras, who was injured after being hit on the wrist with a pitch in his final at-bat on Wednesday against the Padres, is glad to be back.
dan-bob, who has been injured by the Reds losing thirteen of fourteen, is not glad that Taveras is back.
"We've been struggling, so I hope to use my speed and help this team win," he said.
Sometimes old baseball adages are completely wrong - "Tie goes to the runner"- comes to mind.
Sometimes old baseball adages are completely right - "You can't steal first base" comes to mind now.
"I hope to make contributions to help us win the ballgame."
I wish you'd started doing that in April.