Reds and Baker need to call Bruce up

May 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm 6 comments

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The Cincinnati Reds are currently in last place in the NL Central a full seven games out of first. This Reds team is the same one that was fighting for the Wild Card last September and has made few changes and the few they have made (Volquez, Keppinger, Cueto) have worked other than the highering of Dusty Baker which has lead to other bad moves (Patterson, playing Hatteberg over Votto). Here is one move, if Baker swallows his pride, that will make them look genius: Call Jay Bruce up and stick him in RF for the next 6-10 years.

The Reds have been awful on offense and their outfield defense is very bad. Jay Bruce can help in both departments. Bruce is currently (5/16) hitting .366/.398/.662 with 8 homers, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 7 stolen bases, 33 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 145 at-bats in Triple-A while just turning the tender age of 21.

Cincinnati is currently 18th in the league in runs and could use a jolt of offense. Jay Bruce is ready, in my opinion, to step in right now and be this year’s version of Ryan Braun. He is above average in RF with a cannon of an arm and he is average to slightly above in CF with a ridiculous arm for center.

The Reds need to do one of two things (both would be preferred): The first is to move Corey Patterson to the bench and use him as a defensive replacement/pinch-runner/pinch-hitter or cut him all together. This would open center up for Bruce (assuming Baker doesn’t do anything stupid and play Freel or Norris Hopper over Bruce). The second would be to trade Griffey Junior for whatever you can and place Bruce in RF (his natural position).

I, personally, would do both and drop Dusty Baker like a bad habit. If the Reds do both moves it would allow for the outfield to be Dunn in left, Freel in center, and Bruce in right. The defense just improved and now covers 1.5 times the ground it did before and the offense is even better.

Jay Bruce is ready now and sitting your #1 prospect in Triple-A is a waste of time when he is ready and your team is in last place and needs a jolt.

The Reds can still catch up in the NL Central and they have to make the proper moves right now for it to happen. Call Bruce up and let him make you look good Reds.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Erik  |  May 16, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    it is in the hands of a capable GM now in Jocketty. Unfortunately Baker will probably keep his job… but I have a name for a replacement and it is WGN’s Bob Brenly- who will probably get another managing gig soon… Griffey will probably stay until at least the trade deadline.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 16, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    The only problem with it being in the GM’s hands is that it’s Baker’s choice to play the guy if he gets called up and Baker won’t do that if he has Petterson and Griffey on his team. Jocketty can call up the best prospect in the world and Baker still won’t play him if he has his boy Patterson there.

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  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  May 19, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Knowing and watching Dusty Baker for 3 years in Chicago, even if Jocketty calls up Bruce, I don’t know if he’ll play him. Even though I’ve been saying for years that Cory Patterson is grossly overrated for years, Baker will probably play him over Bruce, just because that’s the way he rolls.

    Even with their seasonably better rotation at the moment, they’re a few games under .500. They need to keep Freel Mr. Utility Man, send off Griffey for a couple of low prospects, get Bruce in right field, send Cueto back to the Minors to find those first two starts again. Honestly they should send off Aaron Harang and give him to a team that can appreciate his talent, and score him some runs. Not many people in the league can have an ERA just over 3 and be 2-5. Josh Beckett and Andy Sonnanstine have 5 and 6 wins respetively and have ERA’s in the 4’s. Their team puts up lots of runs for them.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 19, 2008 at 7:02 am

    I think the Reds need to ship Arroyo out before they ship Harang out. Harang is their #1 and they still have a shot in this division. But if they feel they can get some prospects ready for the majors then you might pull that trigger.

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Bruce clubbed two more homers in the last three games since I wrote this. He needs the call NOW!

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  • 6. Charlie Nehl  |  May 19, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    yeah, i’d agree with the arroyo statement as well…. I’m sure paul wilson is looking for work, and wanting to get owned by kyle farnsworth again =)

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