Originally Posted by Ironman92
8 players in this lineup under a .330 OB%, hard to imagine. Be nice for the under .300 guys to get up around .320 and the .300-.328 guys up around .340.....along with Joey and his .712 OB%
Yes -- the Reds are actually a pretty weak bunch of hitters (a few obvious one excepted) -- even more glaring when the ballpark they play half of their games in is noted.
I think a large part of it comes from so many hitters being in places in the order that they are not suited to be.
Phillips should not be batting fourth & Cozart hitting first is asking a lot of a rookie.
I would have Hannigan bat 2nd for a trial -- he handles the bat decently -- battles on every pitch -- and has a better OBP than most -- but that still doesn't find a 4 hole hitter or a lead-off guy.
Luddy has done a few good things for us but I still just shake my head at his signing when Heisey was already on the roster. It just felt like dumpster diving to me - if paying someone his salary of 2 million can be called that.
I think pretty much all of us here knew that the 4 hole was an issue before the season started - and I didn't see a real attempt to fix that --- I just wonder what another million could have bought.
Having said all of this -- first place is the best place to be!