So, as of the close of yesterday's game, our starting shortstop INCREASED his hitting line to a robust .207/.255/.261. His OPS+ now sits at a stunning 40. I'm glad we got rid of Luis Luis and all, but is this supposed to be an upgrade? All we can really say about Bynum is that he's average with the glove and decent on the basepaths, and those are both strengths I'd rather have on the bench.
Freddie is not a prospect. Freddie is not our shortstop of the future. This is not Adam Jones, taking his lumps in order to learn for next year and beyond (and even Adam Jones is better than this, anyway). Freddie Bynum vs. Alex Cintron makes no difference whatsoever to the future or present fortunes of this ballclub, so seriously, it's time for the slightly less embarassing Cintron to take over.
This all hit rock bottom for me when Bynum struck out on three straight breaking balls out of the zone last night, swinging at all three. The dude just doesn't have it at the dish, and we have no reason to wait around and see if he ever finds it.
And so, I cry with mock enthusiasm, CINTRON FOR SHORTSTOP! THE TIME IS NOW, THE PLACE IS NOW!