Game 160: vs. PIT



Has Ludwick ever batted 2nd in the order before in his career? I’m not sure I understand that choice in the lineup.

Batted second a lot back in his St. Louis days.

Yes, although he batted 4th, 5th and 6th more. However, with that said, he batted 2nd:
103 G
369 AB
17 HR
61 RBI

So the PRE POST SEASON Begins…I hope the Cinti area citizens back the house for this series

Baker’s idea is to bat Ludwick ahead of Votto; thus forcing the SP to pitch fast balls in order to pitch around Votto, even walking him. We all know how many times Votto has been walked. Let’s see if it works; with recent batting by the entire lineup, it certainly can’t hurt. With that said, I really don’t want to see the batting order jostled so much entering the playoffs. We need to remember…the next three games only decide the home field advantage for the one WC card; nothing more. Pittsburgh might have designs on winning three straight in order to have a chance of catching St. Louis for the Division Champs title, but that’s a pipe dream given that the Cards play their last three games against the Cubbies.

Wow very aggressive move by dusty! It’s on like donkey kong

I like it.

Today’s SP matchups…
A.J. Burnett, RHP
9-11, 3.39 ERA
Burnett tries to keep the Bucs in the NL Central hunt, or at least book the NL Wild Card game for PNC Park, by reaching doubles-figures in wins for the ninth straight season. He was masterful in his last start, against the Reds in Pittsburgh.
Homer Bailey, RHP
11-11, 3.40 ERA
The Reds have lost each of Bailey’s three starts against the Pirates this season. Bailey has gone 0-2 with a 3.50 ERA in those starts, including Saturday’s loss, in which he gave up four runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings.
First one is the biggest; especially with a healthy Cueto pitching the 3rd leg. However, as I mentioned before, the lineup better perform no matter who is pitching.

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