Re: Ludwick out - The batting order going forward?
Heisey and Phillips, at this point, are pretty much interchangeable. Heisey's career OPS and Phillips' OPS last season are identical. They're both free swingers. Heisey provides more speed. So, too, IMO, does Paul. Paul is also the wildcard-- if he does what he did last season, the lineup might actually be better after the injury. He provides patience at the plate (SSS alert-- this could all be mirage), which would improve scoring chances in front of Votto, never a bad thing. An unorthodox platoon where he and Heisey split the ABs should get them to a 105 OPS+ or so, give or take a few points both ways.
Phillips' OPS line as a cleanup hitter is near 800. That'd get him 80% of the way to Ludwick. But cleanup isn't, if I understand batting order theory correctly, a bad place to put a hitter like Phillips.
On the other hand, Baker could also plug Cozart into the #2 spot in the order, hoping the 150 ABs seen there are indicative of his comfort and skill levels. In looking at both his overall minor league numbers and the SSS #2 numbers, I feel safe in assuming Cozart can OPS around the 750 mark Phillips has for his career. (It's at least, IMO, a defensible gamble for Baker to take.)
That leaves a Heisey/ Paul platoon to match Cozart's 7 spot numbers. This should be doable, as discussed above. The platoon should hit with more power and with more patience-- they'll also have more speed on the bases which may allow Baker to gamble a bit with Hanigan/ Mesoraco in the 8 spot and the pitcher bunting after.
That leaves Phillips, again, to pick up Ludwick's cleanup hitting slack.
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