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Speed guys: Freel or Taveras?

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 12:25 pm
by Twinskies
I currently have Taveras on my roster for his SB's but i'm not too happy with his performance in other categories....would Freel be a better option in this role or would u guys stick with Taveras?

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 12:30 pm
by nsulham
I was faced with this same dilemma earlier this week, cut Taveras and went with Freel---just in time for his huge Thursday.

Taveras just doesn't get on base enough I don't think and I love guys like Freel, dirt dogs who go all out on every play.

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 2:41 pm
by Dawgpound 1613
Of the two, I go with Freel - more secure of a job with Jimenez out of the picture and multi-positional eligibility.

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 2:49 pm
by Darkie Satchels
Taveras. He's not going anywhere on the 'Stros lineup despite a horrible May. He just needs to learn to hit more consistently and figure out how to bunt efficiently. He is so f.a.s.t. that when he gets the bunt down or starts hitting the line drives he will be unstopable to turn 2 - easily.

Ride him out for the remainder of May and most of June to see if it's just a hic-up; which i think it is.

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 3:40 pm
by This is the year
nsulham wrote:I was faced with this same dilemma earlier this week, cut Taveras and went with Freel---just in time for his huge Thursday.

Taveras just doesn't get on base enough I don't think and I love guys like Freel, dirt dogs who go all out on every play.


Nsulham, exact same thing for me this week. Dropped Taveras, picked up Freel to replace Loretta, and the next day he had the 4/6 day. I'd go with Freel from here on out, since it's looking like he'll start every day. He's got a great OBP, so he'll be on base much more often for steals and getting driven in by the big bats in the Cin lineup. At this point, the Houston team couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat, making Taveras a 1-category player. Plus, Freel's eligibility for 2B, 3B, and OF make him the clear choice.

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 3:57 pm
by jeffwarsh
Freel.

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:16 pm
by reznorsboy
Freel is a better option as he has better OBP and strikes out half as much. If Taveras learns to bunt he has the potential to be an elite lead-off man

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 5:36 pm
by West
I agree. The fact that I can plug Freel in at 2B, 3B or OF any day of the week makes him that much more valuable than Taveras. Plus, Freel is easily the more mature hitter.