I'd just like some takes on the Buccos offense this year so far.
It's my opinion that this offense has the chance to be pretty productive. I guess it was silly to expect McLouth to pick up right where he left off from last season. Adamn LaRoche is right on pace to have a near pitiful April/May. Nyjer Morgan is a welcome and pleasant surprise, as is Jack Wilson. I almost wrote "sent him off to pasture" in my mind. I kind of expect Andy LaRoche to get out of the funk he is in. I don't know why but I believe that he'll have a decent year at the plate.
I know from hearing the TV guys talk about John Russell that he's trying to take a very liberal approach towards playing his bench, which is a good thing considering the talent it has on it. I, personally, still feel like there is some rotation needed in the batting order. Something about Doumit hitting clean up just doesn't sit right with me. I know he's out biggest, legitamit power "threat" but at the rate that it seems that Morgan and Freddy are treading the basepaths I feel like we're squandering opportunities left and right to get runs early in the game and put pressure on their starter and take pressure off ours. I like Brandon Moss there, he seems more of clutch hit and double in the right-center gap guy to me, but hey, my name isn't Jack Russell :)
I'm not just saying this because we scored 10 on Saturday and then 0 yesterday. I understand that's how baseball works. Somedays you can't score and others you can't score enough. My high school coach would always say, "Save a few for the next game", that just always seemed silly to me.
In the end, it's all speculation AND we're only 7 games deep into the season so I could end up eating these words.