I have some questions for the fans who are telling others batting Cozart and Stubbs isn't going to be a problem for the postseason. Tonight I believe Dusty is starting Stubbs and Valdez in the top 2 spots.
Now I may eat crow for this thread and if they have great nights hitting tonight I will be the first to be happy about it.
But Dusty's obsession with putting the worst two hitters at the top of the lineup seemingly every single night genuinely worries me for the postseason.
1.Are there any other managers in MLB who do this?
2.If the Reds first two hitters get on base the least of everyone in the lineup excluding the pitcher, wouldn't this benefit the other team?
3. In what way does this help the Reds?
Now look, I am ecstatic with the job Dusty and the Reds have been doing. And maybe Dusty just figures as long as the Reds have a comfortable lead in the division he can continue to hope Stubbs gets hot and keep him in the two spot. And yes when Stubbs is hitting well he is a 5-tool player and a very dangerous weapon. But even Dusty has to realize at this point Stubbs isn't getting better. He has degressed every year and really hurts the Reds with all of his K's. Cozart hasn't been much better but at least he puts the ball in play.
But once the playoffs start the great season the Reds have starts all over. This season has been magical, but it imo it will be a major disappointment if the Reds don't at least win the pennant.
And it would be a real shame if we lost opportunities to jump on the elite pitchers we'll be facing in the postseason because our first two hitters in the 1st inning, and also the two in front of Votto the entire game, are easy outs.