Originally Posted by Slopho
I've got some late season, early next season questions O's fans:
1. Who will be in RF next year?
IMO - Pie is trying hard to play himself out of a job. He's swinging at just about anything and he's looked better fielding.
2. Will Josh Bell be a starter next year?
IMO - No, he seems to be in the same mold as Young and Pickering. Fat with a lot of power but no plate discipline. He'd have to raise his average about 60 points and hit about 30-35HR for me to even consider it.
3. Is Tatum better than Weiters?
IMO - I think so. Will it always be that way. It might be.
4. Who should we target for 1B and SS next year?
IMO - I don't know. I honestly think we could get someone off the scrap heap like an Adam Kennedy or a David Eckstein for SS, but we really need to invest in 1B. Wiggington just ins't a long term solution there.
I'm pretty sure Markakis will be in RF.
Assuming you meant left, Pie has great skill but plays like an idiot. If he gets more selective at the plate and cuts down on the mental errors on the basepaths and in the field, he'll get the nod in left. He's a great natural CF, though, one of the elite few who can see a ball hit at him, turn his back and take off, run to the spot, turn back around and catch it.
Josh Bell is hitting enough and fielding well enough that he'll get his shot at 3d.
I like Tatum, but Wieters is already 3x the player and gets better everyday, better throwing arm, more power, calls a great game, and blocks the plate as well as anyone. Trembley over-played him early in the year which wore him down and held back his progress. Look at the way he's been hitting lately with more rest.
I'd like to see the Os get someone with Adam Dunn's power numbers at first, but we need someone who is a better fielder.
Who would have thought we'd put up 6 on Sabathia?
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