Say Ludwick gets dealt and the Reds play 6 games per week with 4 RH Starters and 2 LH starters for the opposition.
Against the Lefty starters:
Rolen plays 3B, Frazier plays LF and Stubbs plays CF. Heisey gets a start in RF with Bruce sitting one of the 2 games.
Against the RH starters
The acquisition plays LF 4 Days
Frazier plays 3B 2 days, Rolen plays 3B 2 days.
Stubbs plays CF 2 days and Heisey plays CF 2 days this could change with who is hitting well.
In a 6 game week, Bruce gets 5 starts, Frazier, Rolen, Stubbs and the acquisituon get 4 starts and Heisey gets 3 starts. If Rolen starts hurting a little, Heisey can get another game or two with Frazier playing more at 3B.
If the Reds could find that LH platoon OF, it would be easy to ship Ludwick away and get everybody lots of PT. Frazier is a pretty good OF and the Reds don't lose much in LF with him instead of Heisey. The defense is improved immensely with Rolen playing 3B 4 days per week in place of Frazier.
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But I'm also not a total dummy and I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the DL again. I don't want it to happen, but from all appearances, his shoulder just won't let him play how he used to. Rolen is a gamer and for him to go on the DL, that shoulder must be killing him.
I'd hope Dusty talks to Scott and gets his true input. Frazier has been playing well so I'd like him to stay in there as long as he's hot. If he starts to cool down, start blending in Rolen.
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I think Ludwick is the one who is going to lose PA. Frazier just hit another bomb.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Ludwick is a long way from being "shipped off" on a team that has no bench whatsoever. Right now he is nothing but a bad ball hitter who can crush a get ahead fastball, but that is what pinch hitters are for. I do agree that he would be the one who will lose playing time. It could be a gold mine to have Frazier in there at third or left almost every day, Heisey alternating at each outfield position 5-6 times a week, edging a little time away from Stubbs and Rolen playing third base 3-4 times a week and available as a late inning defensive replacement otherwise. I like having Scott in the game defensively. He is still pretty damn good.
Now, if Dusty would only treat it that way.
I agree with those who are putting him in left field on the days he's not at third. I think Dusty realizes his value? Maybe? He continues to bat Ludwick ahead of him though, so...
Also, is it about time to try Todd in the leadoff spot? If nothing else, you're starting the games with Sinatra.
If I had My Way (sorry), I'd start Rolen off slowly, using him as a defensive replacement in the late innings as part of a double switch that sends Frazier to left. That way you don't lose Frazier's bat, but you're giving Rolen some chances to prove himself without straining him early.
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I thought Ludwick looked equally bad to Rolen early on. Both looked like they'd never seen a fastball over 90 mph. We've seen Ludwick come around, I expect Rolen is likely better than a .175 hitter, with a possible upside of .280 going forward. We'll see, I'll give him 4 weeks to get right.