slomo007 wrote:On his only day off so far, Dusty actually apologized to the fans who came to see him play. That is pretty clear evidence to me that he is the everyday starter no matter what.
Also, the Reds don't appear to be a contender this year. It really doesn't make any sense for them not to play Bruce everyday (minus his occasional day off). Even if he does struggle, he won't be hurting their chances in any playoff run, unless there is a dramatic turnaround in the NL Central. Sitting him for any significant portion of the games would hurt his development.
"This guy leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair..."
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS 92 17 30 6 3 10 20 9 3 27 0 0 .326 .404 .783 1.187
That is Chris Shelton's line for April of 2006. Obviously I don't think Bruce will flame out like he did, but the point is that you can't just take such a small sample size and find another player that became a superstar with the same line and connect the dots.
Sure, but Chris Shelton is an extreme example. Bruce has actually been more impressive than Braun was because of his BB/K ratio. That said, I don't expect the kind of impact we got from Braun last year. That was more of an outlier than Shelton even.