Even if he got a hit tonight..... his swing continues to be bad and he is not going to get better by just playing and not changing it.
I read RedsZone to see some good baseball analysis. Instead I see all the anger directed to one player and a batting order slot.
Tonight the problem was Latos, the umpire, Votto's defense, and IMO Frazier's at bat with two men on in the eighth. Not Zack Cozart.
Cozart, Frazier, lack of LF and C have been problems fairly consistently all year. While Zach didn't lose this game, I don't see a huge problem complaining where he hits in the lineup (though to see the holes it's hard to find an optimal place for all of them to hit).
BTW, first time I've heard Jim Day do play-by-play. Not sure who he's filling in for but please come back. Dude has a hard enough time doing CincinnatiUSA.com commercials. Seems like a nice guy though.
This place use to be fun
How would you know until he stops doing it? If he was not doing it almost every AB....we could say it is not just his mechanics, besides obviously being in his head.
I fielded like Juan Castro playing all over the INF, except 1B. I hit like him too ...so I should know how hard it is and how bad you can look.. even when I had no mechanical issues.
And for the record... Latos has more than to do with this loss than Cozart...obviously. All I did was point out his flawed swing that no one seems to be doing a good job of changing.
Does anyone try to go the opposite field out of the Cozart, Frazier, Mesoraco and Heisey law firm? At least that one bit of adjustment would help....at least an attempt made to see if that can get you going. Yet they become even more pull happy the worse they get.
Looking ahead at the schedule I think we can win probably half of our next 13 games (10-3)
In spite of all the hand-wringing, this team is going to make the playoffs. The pitching is too good. They have a four-game lead in the wildcard. They are going to get healthy (knock on wood) in the second half.
Starting August 1st on, they will play 10 more home games than road games.
Starting September 9th on, they play the Cubs, the Brewers, the Astros, the Mets three times each and the Pirates six times.
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!
And if they play like they did against the Mariners and the Brew Cru, that September schedule looks pretty daunting.