I understand Hanigan being in since Homer prefers him over Mesoraco, but why Paul instead of Heisey or Ludwick?
Yeah, don't understand sitting Ludwick. He needs ABs. I hope he didn't tweak something.
They said during the broadcast last night (radio) that Ludwick would sit today and play tomorrow.
Yea, tommorrow is a day game. I believe the Cubs are starting a lefty tommorrow too (not 100% sure).
Dusty only wanted to play Ludwick 2 out of three games. This was the rest game.
Makes sense to play Ludwick vs the two lefties.
Oh yea, I think the whole "day game after a night game is hard" came into effect too. Not criticizing it. Just explaining what Dusty said.
Tomorrow is a day game and a lefty is starting.
Not hard to figure out.
With Ludwick I doubt the Righty/lefty is part of the equation on sitting him- just the rest aspect- and I have no issue with it. We heard a lot last year about Ludwick's skills vs rhp and the unusual platoon it could create. In terms of Paul v Heisey- that may be a RHP v LHP issue however.
Well, I hope Paul doesn't butcher left field again. A statue might be better.
When you factor in the following:
(1) Ludwick last year was a monster vs. LH pitching (.936 OPS), and the Cubs are starting a LH the 1st and 3rd game;
(2) Ludwick coming back from the DL was unlikely to play all 3 games, so it would make sense to rest him the middle game;
(3) the 3rd game is a day game after a night game, so Ludwick was unlikely to play both the 2nd and the 3rd game;
(4) Paul is the best hitting option in LF vs. a RH pitcher, especially one who throws hard;
it was a virutally no brainer that Ludwick would sit in place of Paul tonight.