Re: Coco Crisp Traded To The Royals
Yes, the Reds need better hitting against righties. I would argue, however, that the need is not for more lefty bats. The need is for better righty bats.
Against lefty pitching, the Reds righty bats did pretty well and one major lefty hitter, Votto, hit .292 BA against them. So the Reds did pretty well against lefties overall, from both sides of the plate.
But against righty hurlers, while the lefty hitters did well, the deficiency was with the Reds current main RIGHTY hitters.
Phillips hit .247 against righty pitching and EE hit .235 against them. That's about .240 BA in 769 at bats against righties for these two regular starting players. That's the main reason the Reds hitting stats were so poor against righty pitching -- insufficient RIGHTY hitting against them.
Assuming normal improvement by young Mr. Bruce, the Reds will be fine from the left side. And when Mr. Alonso appears, the tandem of Votto, Bruce and Alonso should be dominant against righty pitching.
The Reds simply do not have counterparts to Votto, Bruce and Alonso from the right hand side. Frazier may help, but that's about it. EE and Phillips, for all their merits, do not hit righties that well. Neither of them should be middle of the order hitters against righty pitching. They are not the all around bats to hit cleanup in this lineup.
A new righty bat (or switch hitter) -- who kills lefty pitching and hits pretty well against righties -- is needed to hit between Votto and Bruce now, with Alonso perhaps hitting sixth eventually. Sticking still another lefty hitter with these three is not the way to go.
Last edited by Kc61; 11-19-2008 at 11:33 AM.