5 Adjustments Cincinnati Reds Must Make For Playoff Push

5 Adjustments Cincinnati Reds Must Make For Playoff Push

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If the Cincinnati Reds are going to make a playoff push out of the hotly contested NL Central, GM Walt Jocketty and third baseman Todd Frazier will have to do a lot more than hold up the jerseys of past Reds greats to present to Derek Jeter.

5. Chris Heisey, OF

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5. Chris Heisey, OF

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The one adjustment that the Cincinnati Reds need to make to bolster their playoff push in the NL Central is to let Chris Heisey be Chris Heisey. This means that he should only be used as a late-innings defensive replacement and right-handed pinch-hitter, not a starter at the expense of Ryan Ludwick or Donald Lutz.

4. Donald Lutz, OF/1B

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4. Donald Lutz, OF/1B

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Donald Lutz has every bit the power of Jay Bruce, and is probably a much better overall hitter than Bruce. The Reds need to make the adjustment that allows Lutz to start as many games as he can at first base and either corner outfield position so that the left-handed hitting masher can get as many at-bats as possible to help the Reds vie for the NL central.

3. Skip Schumaker, 2B

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3. Skip Schumaker, 2B

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The Cincinnati Reds need to adjust their everyday lineup so that Skip Schumaker starts at second base, with the exception of games when a left-handed pitcher starts. Schumaker has historically enjoyed his best months at the plate in July and August, and the Reds need Schumaker batting second every game possible to give themselves a chance in the NL Central.

2. Jay Bruce, RF

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2. Jay Bruce, RF

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Jay Bruce has power, but he proves every year that he is a swinger and not a hitter. This year has been a disaster for Bruce at the plate, and if the Cincinnati Reds are going to contend in the NL Central, Bruce has to make a significant adjustment at the plate that will keep him from pulling everything into the position shift played against him and striking out the rest of the time.

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

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1. Billy Hamilton, CF

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The Cincinnati Reds have to adjust to the skill set of speed demon Billy Hamilton and make him understand that he needs to have more plate discipline when it comes to swinging at balls out of the strike zone and trying to hit balls in the air. The sooner Hamilton commits himself to plate patience, bunting and driving balls into the ground, the better the chances for the Reds to contend in the NL Central.

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