Chris Garber and I are together once again, and this week we attempt to ignore Spring Training. Okay, not really. Listen and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

We do discuss Nick Senzel’s return the the lineup, Luis Castillo’s brilliance, Trevor Bauer’s…umm, Bauerness, and Sonny Gray’s cheat code. Plus much, much more, including Viewer Mail. Enjoy!

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3 Responses

  1. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I can agree with this. I mean, it’s similar to how many won’t consider the saberstats, feeling it’s just getting down to too much detail. Worrying about ST gets down to too much minutia.

    Like with the Reds ST this season, all there really is/was to see is who’s going to be the bench and bullpen guys, hoping no one gets injured. Yes, everyone liked seeing Senzel back. But, no one was writing him off either for the season.

    That’s where the bigger item comes in, during the season. It’s a good problem to have, but still a problem. For, the Reds didn’t bring Nick, Moose, and Shogo to play 120 games or less, I believe. So, just where is Senzel going to get his starts? Even if Shogo moves to the corner OF for Nick when Nick sits, that simply a position move. Senzel and Shogo are still starting.

    I mean, consider, for example, would we sit Nick, Moose, Shogo, and Suarez 30 games each (starting 130 games), just so Senzel could get 120 games to start.

    “Senzel can start in the other corner OF spot.” That spot is already being platooned by Winker and Ervin. You are going to platoon it with 3 guys?

    And, then, Senzel, a while back, we ask him to go play a position he’s never played, and he played it well, even though he never learned how to stay healthy playing it. Now, we would ask him not only play that position but be ready to play 3 other positions at the same time?

    I do believe the Reds did try to trade Senzel this season; that’s why they brought in these other guys. They were never offered anything to pull the trigger on any deal.

    Senzel may say all the pro-company lines to keep everything position. But, if I was him, I couldn’t help thinking I would be saying, “Just take time with my therapy, then put me at SS. I’d rather work only that position and get more playing time during the season than play 4 other positions.”

    The whole idea being, we aren’t looking to see who’s going to come out of ST as the #4 and #5 starters, who’s going to be the starting 3rd baseman, etc. We have no questions like that. Any major questions we have, we won’t see answered until the actual season starts.

    • Big Ed

      I really don’t understand this line of thought. The Reds have never wavered in saying that Senzel was their centerfielder. There is no evidence that the Reds “did try to trade Senzel.” There were instead multiple reports that other teams were requesting Senzel in trades for guys like Lindor. Senzel’s name came up in trade talks because other teams wanted him, but the Reds didn’t pull that trigger. In other words, every other organization in baseball understands that Senzel is a very valuable piece.

      Why, then, is it hard to believe that the Reds also value Senzel as a valuable piece?

      The Reds aren’t playing Senzel at second base is because second basemen are easy to find. The Reds have pulled Gennett and Dietrich off the scrap heap the last 3 years, and have many, many options there, with Moose the main guy this year. They have Suarez at third. Senzel is not a regular shortstop, but could play there in an absolute pinch; besides, management knows that Jose Garcia is the future there.

      Centerfield is the only real option for Senzel. It requires speed (Senzel is by Fangraphs one of the fastest guys on the team), a decent throwing arm (check), and general athleticism (check). The defensive metrics showed that Senzel did fine there, as does the eye check. He’s not a 23-year-old Ken Griffey, Jr. defensively, but he’s good enough.

      The $7 million committed to Shogo doesn’t require the Reds to play Shogo 120 games. Shogo is likely to be a good MLB player, but it is not a given, and Senzel is the far more valuable piece. Senzel is the main centerfielder (barring injury), and Shogo will be an oft-used fourth outfielder at all three outfield positions.

      I think Senzel will have an excellent year and that all the pearl-clutching about him will be a thing of the past after this year.

  2. Justin

    Am I the only one that looks at Addison Russell’s stats and question how he helps? In the podcast Chad mentions looking at his baseball reference page and seeing his talent. Where? Career .242 hitter? .242/.312/.392/.704 ?? I just don’t see it. Kyle Farmer should be hitting on that line, at least.