He said a few obvious, but sometimes unsaid things: Graves has been stinking it up, and didn’t help himself by ripping the fans; Casey isn’t hitting, so he’ll be hard to trade; Randa and Freel might look attractive to other clubs.
Unfortunately, Marc started spouting some of the same nonsense we’re used to hearing from others. Namely, that Adam Dunn “isn’t doing much lately,” that he strikes out too much, and (of course), that he hasn’t had a sac fly in XXX games. (I THINK he limited it to “lately,” it was kindof muffled). This stuff drives me up the wall. Even “lately,” Dunn is still producing at a fairly high level – his OPS in May is 862 (think Derrick Lee in 2004 ), and 812 over the last week. On the season, he’s still 6th in the league in OPS.
Marc went so far as to call Dunn “the ringleader” of the Reds’ strikeout brigade. He probably didn’t mean it this way, but it starts to sound as if Dunn is being blamed for everyone’s troubles. The story should be “Dunn is one of the best in the league,” not “Dunn is the reason we’re losing.”
Marc also singled out Rich Aurilia as someone who helped the team early on by “putting it in play.” I just don’t get it – are bloops and squibbers supposed to be the basis of the offense? Is the problem that Dunn and Kearns aren’t hitting enough groundouts? Casey grounds out a lot – is that a positive???
I’m just so sick of hearing about “manufacturing runs” and “making contact” – and I thought Lancaster saw beyond that stuff.