Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
Lack of a bat in LF is starting to affect the Reds' offense. If we get deep into May and the same stuff is happeing, I think the Reds will need to start seriously considering a move.
I think one thing some of us (myself included) overlook is the nature of the LF position, the position that is now unfilled by the Reds.
LF is almost entirely an offensive position. You can justify Cozart at SS because it's a premium position which he fields very well. You can excuse getting less production from a good defensive catcher. Not preferable, but understandable.
A good MLB team cannot get zero production from left field. It's probably the single position in baseball that is almost entirely offensive. Even RF usually requires a superior throwing arm. First basemen have many more defensive chances, although some routine.
I'm not too upset, the Reds have a murderous April schedule in many ways.
But make no mistake, the use of Heisey in LF has impaired the offense of this team. Ludwick's injury is nobody's fault, but IMO either they have to give XMan a full tryout in left, or they have to trade for somebody. It matters.