9/9 vs HOU
Reds lineup vs. Astros
*It’s just a day of rest for LF Ryan Ludwick. While he hasn’t been in a slump, Ludwick has shown some signs of tiring. He hasn’t hit a home run since Aug. 18, but in the 16 games since is batting .276 (16-for-58). Only one of his hits has been for extra bases. He’s not worried at all.
“I think I’ve been a little bit tired at times. But who isn’t tired at this stage of the game? I’m grinding,” Ludwick said. “I think a lot of people worried because I heard a couple of comments ‘you’re not hitting home runs.’ Well, they come in bunches. It’s tough when you’re that locked in. I’m still getting my hits…I’m just not hitting home runs. When you start hitting home runs, everybody wants you to keep hitting home runs. I’m just trying to get on base and continue to help the team win. Hopefully the home runs come in bunches again soon going into the postseason.”
*Dusty Baker indicated that Todd Frazier will be getting a break soon. Frazier has reached safely in 30-straight games but hasn’t notched a RBI since Aug. 28 and hasn’t homered since Aug. 21. (UPDATE: He was batting .208 (10-for-48) in his last 16 games entering the day.
“He’s played a lot and I can see his bat slowing down a little bit,” Baker said. “There will come a time, if Scotty is not here, I might put somebody else over there to give him some time off. They’re starting to pitch him a little differently too. Word gets around. They have meetings just like we have them.”
*From the Elias Sports Bureau: Jay Bruce hit his 33rd home run of the season on Saturday. Bruce had 21 homers as a rookie in 2008, 22 in 2009, 25 in 2010 and 32 last season. He’s the first player in MLB history to hit 20 homers as a rookie and improve on that total in each of the next four seasons. Only five other players have done that at any point in their careers: Hack Wilson (1926-30), Willie Stargell (1967-71), Jim Thome (1998-2002), Derrek Lee (2001-05) and David Ortiz (2002-06).