Originally Posted by Virginia Beach Reds
Nothing like putting 2 sure outs at the top of the order, day in and day out. Looking forward to tomorrow with Votto in the lineup to see if BP is batting leadoff and to see who is batting #2. In my opinion, no chance at an extended playoff run with Stubbs and Valdez/Cozart batting in the top two spots.
Firstly, Baker has already said that Philips would bat leadoff when Votto was back.
Secondly, the Reds are 4th in runs scored since the all star break with those two batting 1-2 and no Votto in the line up.
Thirdly, an extended playoff run, in baseball, is as much a matter of luck than anything else. Look at the world series winners the last 15 years or so. If a lineup is good enough to get you to the playoffs, it's good enough to win you the world series.
We'd all like to see high on base guys batting 1-2. But it's not obvious who those would be on this team.