Edit: Page 6 of this thread had the BABIP at .244 in late June
Ludwick was a great signing last year as he was due to rebound. This year... I'm not so sure.
Go to game logs.
click on which two games you want the period to cover. Voila!
I hope that was clear. If not, I will try again.
PS Ludwick's BABIP from Opening Day until May 15th was .216.
A follow up does anyone now know how to do the same thing for line drive rates and such. Was curious if Ludwick started to hit the ball harder at a much higher rate?
I don't worry about it so much because I consider Ludwick a value-added player rather than an essential. If he can deliver something like last season, then the Reds have a pretty scary lineup. If he can't then Heisey and Paul can cover for him in the short-term and there's still plenty of quality bats to handle the middle lineup duties on this team.
If the team can cover for the loss of Votto for much of last season, it can handle Ludwick not earning his contract.
The Reds have no one on the farm to play LF, and really no one other than Ludwick in the current organization. Resigning Ludwick makes a lot more sense than the other FA OFers that were available. It buys the Reds some time to come up with a longterm solution.
Anyhow, the price for bringing Ludwick back was giving him a 2 year deal. I think that's reasonable. It sure would've sucked to have a gaping hole in LF this year because we are worried about 2014. It's time to win now. Man, it feels great to say that :)
I doubt Ludwick will have as strong of a 2nd half as he did last season (he was just amazing then), but I hope he gets off to a better start in the beginning of the season. Honestly, Frasier is another guy we have to worry about regressing this year, IMO. Maybe even Cozart. Hopefully not, but that's just the nature of the game.
He seemed overmatched in the limited time he got with the Reds.
He doesn't seem ready yet, although it is a possible fallback plan if Ludwick flops.
I think I'd be more inclined to ride it out with Ludwick/Heisey/Paul if Ludwick did flop.