After dropping that heart-breaker last night to the woeful Pirates, the Reds have ridden a three game losing streak to 500 Mediocre Avenue. Their 5-5 record is good for second place in the NL Central behind the 6-4 St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds went from scoring 40 runs in four days to scoring a mere six in the last three. The typical “feast or famine” type of baseball we have come to expect from this club is in full effect and seems to be business as usual through the first 10 games. Zack Cozart is a pitiful 4 for 35 and is sporting a whopping .114 AVG. Chris Heisey is 5 for 35 and is hitting a scorching .143 since being inserted into the lineup for the injured Ryan Ludwick who injured his shoulder on an awkward slide on Opening Day. The two-headed monster behind the dish is a combined 3 for 34 and the Hanigan/Mesoraco tandem are hitting a measley .088. That’s a third of the lineup flirting with a .100 AVG and providing plenty of famine. That doggie ain’t gonna’ hunt.
The early shelling of reliever J.J. Hoover isn’t helping either. Three of the Reds five losses can be laid squarely at the feet of the big fella’.
As for the feast, Shin-Soo Choo leads the way going 14 for 40 so far and hitting an impressive .350. Todd Frazier is hitting .333 and Brandon Phillips rounds out the top three at .318. Votto is hitting a solid .294 but has yet to go yard and get that monkey off of his back. Joey hasn’t hit a home run since June 24th, 2012. Jay Bruce is sitting on a solid .283.
The feast or famine cliché that has plagued this team is evident within its own lineup.
The early storylines this season have been interesting. I would like to give you, well-informed baseball fan, the chance to fill the shoes of Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker for a moment. How do you respond to the following?
Send Leake back to Louisville and recall Cingrani?
What do you do about Hoover?
Start Paul over Heisey or platoon left field?
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