Re: Left field
There are no good answers to this question. Left field is a hole, and it's likely to be a hole much of the season unless Ludwick is able to return successfully. Being that he has a shoulder injury, I'm a bit worried about his power potential this year even after he returns. I imagine the Reds will send Ludwick on a rehab assignment for at least a chunk of games, and it'll be interesting to see how well he drives the ball once he's seeing live pitching again.
Heisey and Paul are what they are. The best we can hope for is playing the matchups, burying them at the bottom of the lineup and at least being happy with the solid glove work they'll provide.
Of course, another problem with the Ludwick injury is the second spot in the batting order; if Cozart's hitting there, then that spot will also be a hole. Sure, Cozart's got fine career numbers hitting second so far, but Zack Cozart is Zack Cozart (read: .285 lifetime OBP) and given enough time hitting second he'll turn into Zack Cozart in that spot of the lineup too. Just watch and wait - it'll happen. Right now Choo's been on such a tear that it lessens the pain, but I also doubt Choo will get on base at a .500 clip the entire year too.
The one lone hope we might have is if Mesoraco does fairly well, then perhaps Dusty might think about sliding Frazier into the second spot and Mez hitting 6th. That'd push Cozart and Heisey/Paul back down to the bottom where they belong. Of course, the odds of that happening are slim so I won't even waste brain space thinking about it.
And Ludwick needs his power stroke - hopefully the shoulder injury doesn't impact it as much as it could.
Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012
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