I may be overstating it, but these two guys arguably saved the Reds season. They deserve enormous credit.
I'm on record that Chapman is the team's MVP. But these two guys as a tandem have an argument.
This team lost Votto in July. The team has played better and HIT better since the best hitter in the league, possibly in MLB, has been out.
Frazier now has a .913 OPS. 18 homers. But even better, he has a .352 OBP. This is the team's weak spot, OBP. .352 is pretty darn good for a power hitter like Todd.
Ludwick has been the Greg Vaughn type, if not quite so prolific with the long ball. Has become a big presence in the lineup. .911 OPS, 25 homers. And again, in the difficult OBP area, he's at .341. Very, very solid.
Even more -- these two guys have natural roles for the future. Frazier at third. He's not Rolen defensively but he can be average or better as he improves.
Ludwick playing in the NL Central and GABP can be the clean up hitter the Reds have sought. And since he's not a big star, his next contract shouldn't destroy the payroll.
Add Votto back in, the team's lineup is looking much better. Maybe one more OBP guy to share CF with Stubbs, lineup would look terrific.
Sorry for the optimism. Thought these two guys deserved a thread.