I am concerned that Dusty Baker could still lose: A. the Division championship and/or B. Any shot at making it to the 2012 World Series.
Why? Simply put Dusty continues to pencil in Drew Stubbs and Zach Cozart in either the 1 or 2 slot in the batting order. Stubbs and Cozart are capable players and fine defenders but they are also 0 for a combined 43 for the last 5 or 6 games.Not only is it poor judgement to continue this BO in respect to having runners on base for the heart of the line up, but also leaving these guys where they are in the BO is not going to much for their confidence. But Dusty refuses to change for more than one or maybe two games in a row then it is right back to the status quo. In addition Baker has already announced that Todd Frazier will take a seat on the bench when Joey Votto returns. Although the team has an entire month to try some new things Dusty will refuse. He does a lot good things for the Reds and brings a lot of experience to bear in course of the actual playing of the game but his hardheadedness and lack of creativity is worrisome.
Even tHom was suggesting Jay Bruce moving to CF and Todd to RF. there is no question that the defense could suffer. But without Todd Frazier in lineup every game, every day, the Reds lose a guy who gets on base, hits with men on base, hits for power, drives in runs and score runs. Runs is a commodity that the Reds were woefully short on before Frazier became an everyday player. Runs tend to equal Wins!
Dusty has a couple of weeks to try this or a similar idea, if it doesn't fly then probably no harm done.
BP 2b, Hanigan C, Joey 1B, Ducky LF, Bruce CF, Frazier RF ,Rolen 3b, Cozart SS, Pitcher
A line up like this one, (or one including Hi-Z in for Ludwig with Hi-Z in the two slot and Rolen hitting 4th) will provide Runs.. But Dusty will sit Todd and play Drew and Cozart in the 1 and 2 slots in the BO apparently not realizing that the opposing pitching in post season play is significantly better than in the 162 game season.
Oh and this move may well cost Todd Frazier a very well deserved shot at Rookie of the Year.