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    #4 hitter

    Reds look good at pitching and defense. I'm concerned about our run production. I see our #4 hitter being the key. Who will be #4 behind Votto? We need someone who will protect Votto and drive in runs.

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    Rolen, if he's healthy.
    Choo got it, dude.

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    Re: #4 hitter

    The four hole will see a few different faces, depending on match ups. I could see Rolen, Bruce, Ludwick, and Heisey all getting at bats there.

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    I don't understand why everyone is so worried about the line-up. That should be the least of everyone's worries.
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    Re: #4 hitter

    rolen is lucky to be a number 14 hitter, he has been pure anemia since the second half of 2010

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    That spot belongs to Bruce. Not sure who else would beat him out for that. He's our biggest hitter aside from Votto. Then Rolen can bat behind him at 5.

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    You've got to think Bruce if he can be a little more consistent. I mean he did have 32 hrs and 97 rbi last year.

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    Re: #4 hitter

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman007 View Post
    You've got to think Bruce if he can be a little more consistent. I mean he did have 32 hrs and 97 rbi last year.
    Yep....Rolen and Ludwick are utterly out of the question. I would put Lud @ 5. Rolen will be on the DL most of the time anyway.

    Anyone but Bruce would be insanity.

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    I'd actually like to see Votto hit 4 and Bruce 3. Votto would provide more protection for Bruce than vice-versa and Votto can handle breaking pitches etc.. better than Bruce. I know it defies baseball logic but I think both guy's would be super productive in that scenario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhu1321 View Post
    I'd actually like to see Votto hit 4 and Bruce 3. Votto would provide more protection for Bruce than vice-versa and Votto can handle breaking pitches etc.. better than Bruce. I know it defies baseball logic but I think both guy's would be super productive in that scenario.
    That's acually a dam good idea. But it won't happen. Dusty is too old to learn a new trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdal View Post
    Yep....Rolen and Ludwick are utterly out of the question. I would put Lud @ 5. Rolen will be on the DL most of the time anyway.

    Anyone but Bruce would be insanity.
    It depends on the match up, Bruce against LH starters last year: .218/.327/.444 with a .771 OPS in 156 PA.

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    I honestly love the idea of Bruce in front of Votto, but maybe in the 2-3 spots and then Rolen in the four. Also I hope Ludwick is batting 10th; I want Chris in LF.
    What if this is as good as it gets?

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    I like the idea of Phillips - Cozart - Votto - Bruce. Bruce works really well as a clean-up hitter especially if you buy into the idea that he can find some consistency to his hitting and have a 'break-out' year this year. He is coming into his prime after all.

    But it's something worth thinking about platooning even...Stubbs mashes lefties so we could run Stubbs in the 4 spot against lefties and Bruce in the 4 spot against righties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain13 View Post
    I honestly love the idea of Bruce in front of Votto, but maybe in the 2-3 spots and then Rolen in the four. Also I hope Ludwick is batting 10th; I want Chris in LF.
    That would be an amazing top 3 with Phillips - Bruce - Votto but we could get into trouble when you get Rolen - Heisey/Luddy - Stubbs - Cozart - catcher. Believe me, I think they all have potential to have good years (except Rolen) but there are some definite question marks in there as well.If our young guys, Cozart & Mez struggle at the plate this year, that lineup would be big trouble sans the top 3.
    Last edited by jhu1321; 03-01-2012 at 03:33 PM.

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    Re: #4 hitter

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain13 View Post
    I honestly love the idea of Bruce in front of Votto, but maybe in the 2-3 spots and then Rolen in the four. Also I hope Ludwick is batting 10th; I want Chris in LF.
    This. Don't drop Votto down in the lineup where he will get less at-bats over the course of a season.
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