Re: Alex Rios
Unrealistic to trade Ludwick right now. But the more I study the Reds' stats, the more obvious - rather patently obvious - that the Reds need to add a bat to replace Ludwick.
The Reds just don't hit well on the road, and the W/L road record reflects this. Pitching is also worse away from GABP, but the hitting numbers away are very poor.
One approach is to simply count on Bruce and Frazier to both get hot and compliment Choo, Votto, and Phillips. But Jay has never hit that well on the road and Frazier doesn't yet have the track record that cries out "no problem."
Walt has said it's too soon for the trade market to heat up, but I just don't think they have enough hitters in the lineup.