Friday, August 14, 2009

Jonny Gomes hits three home runs

Last night against the Nationals, Jonny Gomes blasted three home runs. He becomes the 24th player in Reds history to do so. His performance overshadowed Bronson Arryo's stellar pitching in shutting out the Nationals and hurling a complete game. It also took some of the controversy away since Arroyo had told USA Today of the multiple supplements he takes. (Here's the story of the game and video.)

The next question becomes is Gomes a starter in the outfield next year? It's not likely the Reds will move either Arroyo or Harang this year due to their contracts. That will stifle their payroll flexibility assuming the Reds will not increase payroll for 2010. The Reds at the beginning of this year were searching for a right hand bat with power for the outfield. Gomes has shown some potential, especially in 2005. He should be given a chance to compete for a starting outfield job in 2010.

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