Reds leadoff hitters to date: .172 .241 .250 .491
oy flippin vey
Cabrera in the leadoff spot: .357 .357 .357 .714
better, but it's just three games so far.
But this year the Reds have leadoff man has made an out 76% of the time. That is beyond unacceptable. Dusty knows this, hence the change. The question is does Walt? Now I'm sure he does, but there seems to be no replacement in house.
Or is there? We've debated the lineup ad nauseum, And my opinion of Janish over Cabrera at SS stands, so who does that leave? I'd be loathe to move BP, as he seems to have found a groove hitting in front of Votto. Bruce is killing it at #5. And not even I could bat Hanigan leadoff. Heisey, from all reports has been a deer in headlights, Janish is a #8 hitter until he proves otherwise. So what to do?
Seems simple in a crazy way. And I am only half serious here, but send down Heisey, DFA Nix and bring up Francisco and Balentein. Bat JF leadoff. No he doesn't walk, we know that, but he does have a knack for putting the bat on the ball. He can hit for average, and he has a ton of power. And the way 2-5 are hitting, you don't want to dance around him and put him on, so the opposing pitcher will have to challenge him.
Look, it probably wouldn't work, but, at least it is interesting.