Laugh, cry, your pick
Scraps wrote in yesterday’s comments:
Is Jeremy Reed really so bad that we think Willie is a better option in RF?
No, Reed is really so bad that Willie is a better option on the bench, because Willie can play multiple positions and Reed canâ€™t, and Reed is only a marginally better hitter. (You donâ€™t need both Willie and Cairo, but thatâ€™s another issue.)
I donâ€™t understand where the fascination with Reed comes from at this point. When he was here, everyone wished he wasnâ€™t. Now I guess weâ€™ve forgotten how bad he was. 840-odd plate appearances, .314 onbase, .366 slugging, 17 for 32 as a base stealer, not making anyone forget Mike Cameron in the outfield. Heâ€™s a AAA player. Sure, heâ€™s 27, so maybe itâ€™s time for him to have one decent year, convince management that heâ€™s finally reached his potential, get an overpriced contract, and go back to sucking. I figure thatâ€™s the best-case scenario.
Good points. I wanted to point out though that today, a .316 OBP and .366 slugging percentage would make Reed clearly a better offensive option than three players who started Opening Day:
Jose Vidro, .264/.310
Brad Wilkerson .302/.244
Kenji Johjima .268/.246
…in addition to being a better option than both Bloomquist and Cairo in the outfield.