Lately it’s looking like through all the injuries the Reds have dealt with, they are putting a lineup as close to perfect as they can… At least with what they have.
Obviously we knew Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto would do the things they’re doing at the plate. We expected Brandon Phillips to hit in the second spot, but have seen him be very good as the cleanup hitter, and Jay Bruce has made people easily forget about the rough start to the season he had.
What we hadn’t seen until recently is Zack Cozart catch up to his teammates. Cozart was the subject of many Reds fans complaints in regards to hitting in the second spot of the lineup in between Choo and Votto, and also we heard some gripes about the possibility of a new Short Stop and two hitter in the order. But Cozart seems to disagree with these angry fans.
Heading into last night, Cozart had a slash line of .232/.258/.368, not exactly ideal no, but has picked it up quite a bit since the illness that kept him out of games against Philadelphia, and the New York Mets.
During that same time Cozart has hit .400 (10/25) with three runs and four doubles, while of course backing that up with his wonderful defensive abilities.
Cozart has played a big part in the huge run of success Joey Votto has had by getting on base in front of Votto and getting runs next to his name on the scorecard with Votto hitting a few two-run bombs. Zack also is continuing to have an excellent month for the Reds.
ESPN.com shows that going into Tonight’s game vs the Indians, Cozart has brought his batting average up 32 points from .200 to .232 as well as taking his On Base Percentage (OBP) from .225 to .258, again, not exactly ideal, but the improvement is huge for the Reds and their run at repeating at NL Central Division Champs.
Obviously the infamous “small sample size” comes into play here, but It’s certainly nice to see and lets hope it’s something we continue to see. This team is waiting for the return of Ryan Ludwick and needs another bat to step up in the lineup, lets hope the small sample size, turns to be a continued run at improvement.