[Redbird Reveille] Ryan Ludwick and the Outfield

by on April 16, 2009 · 0 comments

No, not *this* The Outfield, but rather the 2009 Cardinals outfield.  What do you imagine Rick Ankiel was thinking to himself watching his mates bang around a bunch of hits yesterday while he continues to struggle at the plate?  Colby Rasmus continues to look more comfortable at the plate, while flashing the leather in center field as well.

I still can’t help but think that Tuesday night’s outcome may have been different with Rasmus playing center field instead of Ankiel.  But Tony insists…

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Any naysayers remaining that still honestly believe Chris Duncan is only getting at-bats because of Dave?

This guy is just mashing right now and it’s a joy to watch.  You can tell he’s having fun now that he’s finally healthy.

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Ok Tony, can Ryan Ludwick play every day now?  What more does a player have to do to prove to you that he belongs?  Ludwick not only belongs in the lineup every day, but he belongs in the fourth slot every day.

Ludwick’s career splits show he’s much better versus right-handed pitching than left anyway, so how can you reasonably justify ever sitting the guy based upon matchups?

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If there’s anyone on the roster to consider platooning or playing matchups with, it’s Joel Pineiro.  This guy is going to have to step it up to cover Chris Carpenter’s four-to-eight week projected absence, because if he doesn’t…

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PJ Walters is going to have his shot to show the organization he can stick on a big-league roster.  Sooner than the Cards may have liked, but he’s getting his opportunity now.

This could well be an audition for the 2010 roster, when the Cardinals will not have Pineiro on an inflated contract to work around.

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Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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