I've enjoyed the 2008 version of Onedec immensely. He hits in clutch situations. He's been pretty solid defensively. No baserunning gaffes to write home (or BCB) about.
For this reason, many have been pining for Lou to play the hot hand and give Ol' Ynnor some starts.
But: can we expect the hand to be hot?
Last 10 games:
May 7, 0-4
May 6, 1-4
May 4, 0-1, R
May 2, 1-1
May 1, 0-0 (PH BB)
April 30, 1-1, 2 R
April 27, 1-4
April 26, 3-5 (or, as I like to think of it, the night Ronny became Ynnor.)
April 25, 0-3
April 24, 0-0, R
So, what can we learn from this? Onedec's had 55 at bats since April 24. That's not a lot. But, he's been pretty clutch in PH duties, perhaps not as sparkling as we remember when he starts.
But, whatever. Those are just stats. The point is, I think Onedec's hot, he probably thinks it himself, and a lot of fans feel the same way. There's a power in that kind of confidence, and many have called for Lou to exploit it and put Onedec on the lineup card.
Here's my point, though: would the Ronny Cedeno Starting Experiment be a doomed one? Are our expectations too high? More importantly, would Lou's or Ronny's expectations be too high? Here's a guy that has been branded "hot" but has been given little in the way of consistent at-bats. We came into this season knowing Ronny had few chances left, mostly because expectations USED to be high and he didn't perform.
So, if started consistently over the course of a week or so, is Cedeno doomed to fail? Does it matter that he hasn't had much consistent playing time? Has time on the bench cooled him off?