Taveras off DL and to bench

CF Willy Taveras was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Taveras hasn’t played since Aug. 19 because of a strained quadriceps. With Drew Stubbs playing pretty well, it will be interesting to see how much Taveras gets to play during these final couple of weeks.

Entering Tuesday:

Taveras (98 games) — .238, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 25 SB, 18 BB, 57 K, .273 OBP

Stubbs (32 games) —  .265, 8 HR, 15 RBI, 7 SB, 10 BB, 38 K, .315 OBP

During his session with reporters, manager Dusty Baker was asked about how he’d work it out in center field. His reply was very telling:

“Not to be smart about it but I will work it as I feel like it,” Baker replied. “Stubbs has been playing good. We’ll see how Willy is feeling. I asked him and he said he still feels a little something. Hey, we’re doing fine with who we’ve got out there.

“He’s been out quite a while. Sometimes, Wally Pipp is still alive, you know what I mean?

For fans on the blogs that have ripped Baker all season for playing Taveras, that probably wasn’t the answer you were expecting.

Incidentally since Stubbs joined the Reds on Aug. 19 (notice the date), he leads the Reds in homers, total bases (65), steals and runs scored (20). His 36 hits are second to Brandon Phillips, who has 41.

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 9
McDonald 7
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

 It’s an interesting time in Pittsburgh this week as the city prepares for the G-20 Summit that begins on Thursday. President Obama will among the world leaders in town. The 20 countries represented will account for 85 percent of the world’s ecomony. As far getting around town, it will account for 100 percent of the headaches. Police are already on every corner and the city is bracing for protesters and traffic issues. Much of downtown, especially by the convention center, will be in lockdown mode starting on Wednesday night.

“I found myself looking at the top of buildings a lot,” Baker said. “I didn’t see anybody but I know they’re up there.”

By chance if you’re coming to town for the games during the series, especially if you’re driving, I’d allow for some extra time to get here.

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5 Comments

On Base Percentage

Mark,

Nice post and reporting. One request: please include OBP as often as possible when you present statistical comparisons of players. For decades, casual fans have relied on somewhat misleading statistics like Batting Average to evaluate players. We now know that OBP is probably the single best statistic for evaluating the productivity of a hitter. The more often beat writers reinforce this in their writing, the more educated the fan base becomes. Many teams have begun to regularly feature OBP graphics on their local broadcasts. I saw that the other night on a Red Sox game. Thanks!

Taveras: .273 OBP
Stubbs: .315 OBP
Dickerson: .373 OBP

I actually had OBP included on the first version I posted before talking to the manager. I accidentally wiped it out on the updated version. It’s back in there. Sorry.

I can understand that. It was probably something subconscious since Baker doesn’t seem to care about it, he probably rubbed off on you temporarily :-) …thanks.

Mark –

Along the same lines, what about runs scored? Isn’t this the key objective of a lead-off hitter?

Stubbs defense has been outstanding as well.

Did I get the impression that Baker is SICK of Taveras? Welcome to the club, Manager Baker.

Taveras still feeling something? I hope he’s holding something soon – called a “Pink Slip.”

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