Sunday, August 07, 2005

Build the nucleus

Unfotunately, I am about ready to start looking towards what we have to do for next season. By writing this, it doesn't mean I have stoppoed rooting for the team or following them religiously, and I really hope we string a bunch of wins together and make a run this year. I am just trying to be realistic.

Over the last two days, San Diego has beaten us by playing to RFK almost perfectly. They have gotten 27 hits in 2 days, and those 27 hits break down to 1 home run, 4 doubles and 22 singles. They have been an OBP machine. I'm not sure why our guys don't get that that is how you win at RFK. Don't go for the big fly. Just keep hitting and hitting and hitting, and in this ballpark, you will score more than the other guy.

That is why I say we should define our nucleus and play to it from this point forward. Leave the starting pitching corps pretty much in tact (unless you can get a stellar pitcher to significantly upgrade), get a lefty reliever we can actually trust, and besides that: find every single high OBP guy you can and get them in here. Personally, I'm all for constructing the new stadium to be almost as much of a pitcher's park as RFK is. If you have a good pitching nucleus, its a lot easier to find great OBP guys cheaply than power guys. We need a lot more Ichiros than Adam Dunns.
Let high HR teams come in here and fly out a lot as we get single after single after single on our way to 5-3 and 6-2 wins.
Nobody should be playing on this team if they can't get an OBP over .350 and probably .360. What does that mean? It means Nick Johnson stays and remains our star. It means Wilkerson and Guillen better get their act together. Schneider can stay since he is close to .350 as a catcher. Guzman, gone. Castilla, gone. Vidro? Well, that low OBP better be just due to the injury or...gone.
It is time to start picking our strengths and building around them. I hope the new owners realize this.

2 Comments:

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Yuda said...

I actually wouldn't be opposed to slipping Wilson through waivers and trading him this month; it's not like the guys' gonna be here next season anyway.

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

Healthy, Wilkerson should be a great OBP guy. He's been .370, .380, .374 the last 3 years, that's around top 25 in the NL.

I'd get rid of Guillen honestly. The guy just seems to be bad news where ever he's been. Guzman won't be gone. Banished to the bench is the best we'll get.

 

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