Latest Update Ryan Ludwick is not in the Reds starting lineup on Sunday. Sun Jul, 27, 10:58 AM
A natural low-ball hitter with good power, he can hit a lot of home runs and doubles. Flashes a strong outfield arm, helping him pile up assists. Can play either outfield corner.
Flaws: : Swings the bat a bit too freely, leading to high strikeout totals and a lot of streakiness. Isn't much of a base-runner. Is somewhat injury-prone. Can struggle versus right-handed pitching.
With right-hander Doug Fister on the mound for the Nationals, the Reds will park Ludwick on the bench in favor of left-handed hitting Donald Lutz. Standard operating procedure here.Analyst: Howard Bender
With left Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, Ludwick will appropriately take a seat. Chris Heisey will handle the work in left field on Saturday. Analyst: Howard Bender
Any thoughts that Ludwick was setting the table for a big second half after recording seven hits in the three games prior to the All-Star Break seems to have been wishful thinking as Friday's RBI was his first since July 10th and he has just three hits in 18 post-All-Star Break at-bats for a .167 average.Analyst: Michael Pichan
Sort of an odd sit with no injury reported as Ludwick has three-straight multi-hit games and is a career .286 (4-for-14) against Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano. Bryan Price is sure to have his reasons, but they better be good ones here. Chris Heisey is in left field for Sunday.Analyst: Howard Bender