dvanced statistical analyses are very useful. Thank you. Here, however, are three generalizations that probably cannot be refuted:
1. On average, the 2012 Reds have scored more runs per game with Stubbs not batting no.2 than they have with him batting no.2.
2. Stubbs ranks in the top half, and probably in the top quartile, of strikeouts per at bats for all National League players who have regularly batted no. 2 this season.
3. Stubbs ranks in the bottom half, and probably in the bottom quartile, in terms of on-base percentage for all National League players who have regularly batted no. 2 this season.
This is why Baseball Prospectus 2012 writes: "Stubbs is simultaneously one of the most entertaining players to watch and yet one of the most overrated everyday players in baseball." I'm not against Stubbs' just against his batting second--and it seems a shame that so much talent is going to waste. Why doesn't somebody teach him how to bunt? Where is Walt Hriniak when you need him?
What a tough loss today, and what has happened to Chapman?
Without looking him up, does anyone remember who Jim Greengrass was? I'm old enough to recall, as one of my first Reds memories, Waite Hoyt interviewing him. I guess that dates me.