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Reds still undecided about including Billy Hamilton on the post-season roster

Sep 27, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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In 20 trips to the dish, Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is hitting .389 with two walks and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. A small sample for sure, but he’s about as automatic to steal second base as it gets these days. In a short series where offense is at a premium, that kind of a tool could certainly come in handy.

The Reds, however, aren’t so sure, reports John Fay.

“We taking it one step at a time,” Jocketty said. “You look at the Wild Card game first. You focus on what you need to do for Tuesday because you can change it.

“We’ve got a pretty good idea what we’re going to do.”

For Tuesday’s game, only one or two of the 25 spots will go to starting pitchers.

“Obviously, it will change for NLDS,” Jocketty said.

The Reds have already wrapped up one of the two National League Wild Card slots. With a Cardinals victory or a Pirates loss, they will be matching up with the Pirates in the Wild Card play-in game. Fay says he would be stunned if the Reds don’t add Hamilton to their post-season roster, which can be changed between the play-in game and prior to the NLDS.

  1. steelers88 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Wow if they don’t put him on the postseason roster that would be a bad move. I hope they don’t I pray to god they don’t.

  2. sleepyirv - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    If he’s not included, it just shows how much interesting baseball is being drained away because teams carry too many pitchers. Bench players give you so many different styles of play- aging sluggers, professional hitters, speedsters, defensive whizzes- with relief pitchers you just have a bunch of guys throwing sliders.

  3. sportsfan69 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Questioning whether or not Hamilton should be in the playoff lineup is enough to fire Dusty Baker right now and make wholesale changes next season. This team is dead and their leaders (Votto, Bruce, and Philips) can’t win when it manners the most. “Chocker’s of the Big Three in Baseball.”

    • blacksables - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Since when did field managers start making roster decisions over GM’s?

      Really, can we get some kind of baseball knowledge test implemented?

  4. braddavery - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I wouldn’t think twice if it were my decision. He brings electricity to the game every time he’s on base… a sparkplug if you will. Not using him in the playoffs would be a terrible mistake by the Reds, IMO.

  5. earpaniac - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    They’d be nuts not to include him. He’s a weapon. And most teams have nothing like him. I think he’d be used more than just another RP.

  6. byjiminy - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    This is just posturing. He’s a rookie, and they either don’t want him to get cocky, or they don’t want to put pressure on him.

    I mean, if it’s a news story for them to even claim they’re remotely considering leaving him off the playoff roster, it’s pretty obvious what the decision is going to be. They are either lying when they say they haven’t decided, or they are really dumb. And nobody could be that dumb. (Could they?)

    Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it. And I don’t expect to see it. People say this kind of stuff about rookies all the time, just to keep them from getting over-excited. It has to be that.

    Because the numbers above, while incredible, don’t even begin to describe the affect he’s had. I mean, 13 stolen bases in 18 plate appearances says it all, you’d think. But it doesn’t. In a total of 12 major league games played, he has scored the game tying or go-ahead run four times. That is game-changing stuff, exactly what you want from your bench in the playoffs.

    He is averaging over a steal a game, with 13 steals in 12 games played — despite starting in only three of them.

    And defying expectations, he’s holding his own at the plate, with an OBP of .450 and an SLG of .500. Obviously those rate stats won’t continue, but it’s fair to say he has not exactly been an offensive liability.

    And imagine if slugging percentage included stolen bases in its formula for total bases. He currently has 5 singles and 2 doubles, for 9 total bases in 18 official at bats. He also has 13 stolen bases. So he has produced 22 total bases in just 18 at bats! Obviously several steals came as a pinch runner. But with steals included, his SLG would be 1.22, and his OPS would be 1.67. I think it’s safe to say he brings enough to the table to justify the 25th spot on the playoff roster. If he doesn’t, the discussion would really get fun. But it won’t happen.

    • cur68 - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      Level headed answer. This is probably what it is. Baker et al playing it close to the vest, inducing the maximum uncertainty in the opposition. By now Hamilton probably knows he’s on the roster. Everyone else is trying to guess; the opposition fearing the worst but hoping he’s absent.

      Gonna be a fun WC.

  7. jm91rs - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I’m sure Baker is annoyed with the question, as is the rest of Reds management. Why don’t we worry about that when the rosters get submitted?

  8. notsofast10 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I think it would be a terrible move to put him on the roster! Very stupid move!

    Go Dodgers!

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