Re: 8/13/13 Reds @ Cubs
When you factor in the following:
(1) Ludwick last year was a monster vs. LH pitching (.936 OPS), and the Cubs are starting a LH the 1st and 3rd game;
(2) Ludwick coming back from the DL was unlikely to play all 3 games, so it would make sense to rest him the middle game;
(3) the 3rd game is a day game after a night game, so Ludwick was unlikely to play both the 2nd and the 3rd game;
(4) Paul is the best hitting option in LF vs. a RH pitcher, especially one who throws hard;
it was a virutally no brainer that Ludwick would sit in place of Paul tonight.