Cincinnati Reds: Zack Cozart Is The Key To Success

By Coop Ledford
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When you think about the Cincinnati Reds, you probably think of big name guys like Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Arolids Chapman or Mat Latos. While all of the players I mentioned are indeed having success, Zack Cozart, the Reds’ shortstop, is perhaps the hottest hitter in the Queen City.

On the season, Cozart is hitting .255, and he has 11 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Those are pretty solid numbers, but nothing to be too excited about. But, if you look at Cozart’s stats from the month of September, they are pretty nice.

This month, Zack has played in 16 games and has 19 hits; that’s pretty good, especially for someone who usually hits in the bottom third of the line up. Coazrt’s batting average this month stands at .306, and he’s also added 12 RBI’s. I could keep telling you a bunch of stats, but the bottom line is that Cozart is hitting really well right now for the Reds.

Cozart, whether you realized it or not, is a big piece of the puzzle, and perhaps the key to the success for the Cincinnati Reds. At the beginning of the season, if you thought about the Reds’ everyday starting line up, you knew that they have a great pitching staff all around. They have two very good catchers, perhaps the best first baseman and second baseman in the National League, a good, young third baseman, and three great outfielders. Oh yeah, they also have Zack Cozart playing shortstop.

For the first half of the season, “Cozy” was the weak part of the Reds’ lineup; he was seemingly an automatic out, but he sure isn’t anymore. He is giving pitchers fits and becoming one of the toughest guys to get out. If Cozart can continue to contribute and the rest of the team continues to get the job done, as they have all season long, then the Cincinnati Reds will become an even more dangerous team going forward.

Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed and add him on Google Plus.

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