“(And, if Dusty wanted to get cute he could platoon Gomes and Bruce.)”
Actually, Gomes has exclusively played LF this season (due to his poor defense), while Bruce has almost exclusively played RF this year (due to his strong throwing arm). Given that, they don’t seem to be likely platoon partners.
Yeah, I think the *chemistry* question is the big one here. I do think that Cabrera may have to accept a back-up, or at least diminished, role when he returns. Janish is making the most of his opportunity right now.
Gomes is giving the Reds average offensive production (.330 wOBA) while being a defensive train wreck. In left field, no less. There seems to be an assumption that Laynce Nix (or Heisey) will be the odd man out when Cabrera comes off the DL. I say, “Why not Gomes?” (Because his appearance and intensity make him a fan favorite)
These are all nice problems for the Reds when you have multi talented players vying for all positions. Bruce has been tinkered around the least even through his non-productive period and getting to become a streaky player. Similarly with Stubbs who cannot seem to be capable of handling his job daily. Having said that these players are young and perhaps their concentration wanders and a rest here and there is best to give them time to re-focus. Given the opportunity, Janish has performed well. I think he was ready but was caught surprised when the Reds brought in Cabrera. Competition is good because it keeps them on their feet to perform. When we made comparison, we need to keep an eye on the level of compensation for the players as well. Hernandez at $4 million and Hanigan at $400,000 is not being fairly compared to. When it comes time to evaluate, I am sure value is an important factor as well, especially when you have Mesoraco coming up.