Reds Fan Since 1971
Heisey must have expressed a severe distaste for merlots and Bob Marley.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
Nothing like putting 2 sure outs at the top of the order, day in and day out. Looking forward to tomorrow with Votto in the lineup to see if BP is batting leadoff and to see who is batting #2. In my opinion, no chance at an extended playoff run with Stubbs and Valdez/Cozart batting in the top two spots.
VBR IS LIVING IN CINCINNATI...I FEEL GOOD!
Secondly, the Reds are 4th in runs scored since the all star break with those two batting 1-2 and no Votto in the line up.
Thirdly, an extended playoff run, in baseball, is as much a matter of luck than anything else. Look at the world series winners the last 15 years or so. If a lineup is good enough to get you to the playoffs, it's good enough to win you the world series.
We'd all like to see high on base guys batting 1-2. But it's not obvious who those would be on this team.
I don't agree on Cozart being a "sure out." It's probably just Redszone hyperbole, but maybe we shouldn't be lumping these two guys together so much.
Cozart has 32 doubles this year, to lead all MLB shortstops. He also has 15 homers and a slugging percentage over .400. Now, yes, his OBP is subpar and perhaps he's not ideal leading off, but he's been productive on offense for a SS.
I think Phillips leading off and Cozart hitting second would be a reasonable one two punch. I'd prefer a lefty OBP man, but with the current group, this would be acceptable to me.
Rollins flies out to center.
Frandsen strikes out swinging.
Utley grounds out to 2nd. 0-0 mid 1st.