Originally Posted by Puffy
Think about this - - the Reds were last in National League last year in OBP from leadoff position (.254). If Choo just does what he normally does, OBP of about .375, the Reds will be either first or second in leadoff position OBP.
I love it.
Then you have late innings scenarios where perhaps the other team will burn their LHRP in the 7th or 8th just to get around Choo. All that strategy aside, you still have some good momentum from Choo and BP's xbh's, as well as Choo's walk rate and Phillips' bat control. Lot's of energy up there leading up to Votto in all kinds of situations. Hopefully, Ludwick truly can clean up what's there for him. I'm not sure how much he makes LHP pay for facing Votto. Really, this is mostly about Votto getting to 110 rbi's.
edit: check that: Luddy slashed .263 /.360/.576/.937 vs LHP in 2012