IMO the lineup should be:
When Choo leaves Reds are in trouble.
It will be :
810 Runs a season was the average for teams in 1999-2000, this year it's 651, numbers like that create holes in lineups, whether you are looking for a #2 with this group or lining up the 3 above average LH guys in hope of having 1 big inning a game.
This season was a cruel tease. I've wanted high-OBP guys at the top of the order for years - we get Choo at the top of the order for one season and now its back to CF-SS both struggling to see a .290 OBP
I don't view the drop off in runs since 1999 as much of an excuse.
Look, Ludwick got hurt and the others (beyond the big three) didn't hit well. The Reds will have to evaluate and decide who shall stay and who shall go.
But for this year, there's no great solution particularly with Liriano a lefty tough on lefty hitters. Thankfully with Choo and Votto the Reds will mount some threats from here on out and do function as a reasonable offense.
Some of the guys have offensive talent maybe they will get hot in the playoffs. But ultimately there are (as a poster said recently) just too many rest stops in the lineup. I don't see how batting order cures it, maybe helps here and there or possibly hurts here and there.
Last edited by Kc61; 09-30-2013 at 03:15 PM.
Only three of the Reds eight positions are manned by average or above average OPS hitters.
I don't think this is something fans need to get used to. We can expect league average performance at the non-star positions.