The idea isn't so much that Colby's been great (or good), just that you need someone better than Bonifacio if you're gonna take him out of centre. If Gose could hit anywhere near a league average pace I'd be pretty happy with him taking over, but Bonifacio doesn't give you the same kind of defensive impact Gose does.
I'm predicting that Rasmus has a break out year, Boni and Gose are not proven either...
add to the fact of drabek, hutchison, perez, santos all suffered long-term injuries... ithink farrell may be devil's advocate for boston foes
I hate it when fans make excuses for players when the players themselves are garbage. Im first to admit that Farells a prick but im sure he didnt have anything to do with Rasmus' crappy hitting from his time in St.Louis onwards, Or for Lawrie making boneheaded plays, or Linds back problems, or Arencibias inability to catch a ball or hit anything other than HR's or Romeros inability to throw strikes or cecils loss in velocity in one offseason or Snider just sucking.
Rasmus is probably the worst offensive CF in the game the last two seasons(I didnt look it up so dont hound me if im wrong). I also find how quickly people dismiss Bonafacio's 2011 numbers but consistently point towards Rasmus' 2010. If Bonafacio proves he can hit better than Rasmus then give him the job. I just want the better team on the field. Not a field full of my favorite players.
If you ask me Id give Rasmus half the season. If he doesnt turn it around, trade him for a batting cage and callup Gose.
Not hounding but...of the 30 qualifying CF rasmus over the past 2 years Rasmus ranks 19th in wRC+ ahead of names you may know as Bourn, Rios, Bonifacio, Span, Stubbs, Morgan, Gomez.
And that is with his worst season of his career (last year) and with Bonifacios' best (2011) year included.
If you ask me I dont think Bonifacio should playing every day and if comes to Rasmus not getting it done then next in line should be Gose not Bonifacio.
For me it's hard to watch Colby Rasmus and not believe that his bat is very close to turning around. I really think he can and will hit next year...
Then again I also thought the same thing about Travis Snider.
I think we are better with Colby in CF and Boni subbing all over the field, giving starters rest or filling in for injuries than having Boni starting in CF and having Rasmus as a 4th OF and not adding much to the team (Even as a pinch runner Boni is superior).
The only way our lineup is better without Rasmus is if the Jays sign Bourn.
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If you watch him, he hits the ball hard and on a line a lot. He's got a great swing, just seems to change it up a lot and needs to find consistancy. There were stretches where he looked like a hitter, then long stretches where he could get anything to fall in.
Bottom line is he deserves a chance to rebound in this line-up.
Power matters though. Not as much as getting on obviously, but you don't ignore it the way you're doing especially when you're trying to compare him to a guy who's pretty much exclusively a singles hitter.