Originally Posted by Kc61
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 from both sides.
But against righty hurlers, while the current 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. A new righty bat -- who can hit against all pitching -- is needed to hit between Votto and Bruce now, with Alonso perhaps hitting sixth eventually.
The main reason the Reds were so poor against RHPs last year was insufficient hitting talent. LH, RH, SH, NoH, ShivaH, I don't care. If Encarnacion isn't up to the job, then the answer isn't to find another RH bat to stick somewhere else on the field, it's to upgrade Mr. Encarnacion.
The Reds need OF defense and a leadoff hitter. Dejesus could cover both those needs.