First and foremost, here are the troublesome stats for our SS, C, and bench players:
SS- Combined they are batting .166 with a .230 on base percentage. Their fielding percentages are both under the .925 range also.
C- Avila and Holiday are a combined .107 batting average with an on base of .194, which Holiday has contributed nothing. He has a .000 in both catagories.
Bench (Collins, Holiday, Romine, and Kelly)- While Kelly has held up his end of the deal with a batting average of .364 the others have been worse than awful. Combined, and this includes Kelly, they are a .166 batting average and a .194 on base percentage.
Now, the solution:
A. Lets stopping kidding ourselves here and admit that Dave made a grave error in judgement in his trade for Gonzales and Romine. Grasping at straws is what comes to my mind. Losing Lambordozzi in the deals compounded my evaluation of how bad it was. So, what do we do? We friggn stop screwing around and give up our #1 pick next year and sign Drew to a big one year contract. It just doesn't make sense to keep going with these two failures when an all-star SS is there for the taking.
B. I had high hopes for Bryan Holiday. I really thought he'd just fit right in but obviously he's well overmatched. Compound that with Avila's awful start and you have to call up our top catching prospect James McCann.
C. Bench wise, there really isn't much help in the minors for us. The addition of McCann will help and sending Collins down and bringing up Ezequil Carerra (who had an awful spring but is hitting .359, .409 on base, and 5 SB at AAA) will at least help get people on the bases.
D. The bullpen has been awful with few exceptions, however, you really can't bench some of the guys that have started out bad (Nathan, Chamberlin) witout repercussions. The best we can do right now is to send Coke packing and bring up someone like Blaine Hardy (who has a 0.00 era, 7K, and zero BB, in 3 innings of relief....he was also pretty good in spring). I know it's not ideal but until we can find someone in a trade then that's what we are stuck with.