Ender wrote:raiders_umpire wrote:Ender wrote:Surfs up wrote:I think Gomes gets sent down and Norton gets the DH job.
Which once again would prove how dumb the people making decisions in that organization are. Cantu needs to be demoted or traded, his defense is terrible and he's not as good a hitter as Gomes. Norton is a backup/platoon guy and nothing more. Gomes should be the fulltime DH and wouldn't surprise me if he led the team in OPS.
Sorry Ender, but in no way should Gomes be anywhere near the MLB lineup for the Drays. There are several other guys in the organization that could DH for the Drays and have a much better year then Gomes would this year. Cantu is actually a better hitter then Gomes, but Gomes is a huge fan favorite for his extreme work ethic and hustle. It is a shame his talent does not match his work ethic but that is just the way it is.
I'm guessing you are letting his play while injured last year influence that opinion. Gomes is capable of an .850-.900 OPS and Cantu simply is not. Guys like Gomes who K a lot always get a bad rap and people never seem to realize how valuable they are.
No I am putting my opinion forward on watching alot of Gomes the last 3 years. I have seen him play ever since 2004 when he was at Durham, and he just does not have the ability to hit at a decent level at the big league level. I assume you are basing yours on his superb play in April of last year, but please don't let that fool you. He is not a good hitter. He has solid power, a great work ethic, and always has a smile on his face, but those three things will not make him a solid player in the bigs. He has had an all or nothing swing ever since I first saw him play in 2004 at Durham. That might could work on some teams, but not a team like Tampa that struggles to score runs so much. The guy that can hit .280 to .300 is much more valuable to the Drays and most teams then a guy like Gomes who can hit 35 homers but will also hit .240.