Originally Posted by reds700
Is there really am issue at the 2 spot or is the bigger issue the lack of hitting at the 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 spots? We thought a lead off guy would fix the problems but it hasn't. It is a team issue, not one spot in the order.
The two spot really isn't what is broken. It's just the obvious result of it. No one to protect votto bc ludwick went down. The reds need to fix the four spot that'd automatically fix the two. As far as 5 through 8 I'd make my first criteria for replacement in the lineup be defense. That leaves one glaring hole to me. Frazier. And combined with bruce (low contact high pop feast or famine guys) they kill too many rallies with impatient undisciplined at bats that end in weak contact or Ks. I wouldn't move Bruce bc his D is all star caliber, he's younger than Frazier, and Bruce will heat up. I actually like what mes has done. He seems to have decent plate discipline for his age and a good eye and makes solid contact. And if somehow the reds could get that 4 hole guy cozart goes from being a drain at the top to a guy who had plus pop for an 8 hole guy.