The Reds lineup in 2013 has been nothing short of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The club collected 57 hits from April 5th through 8th, and only 25 from April 9th through the 13th.
Not only has the entire Reds lineup had its ups and downs, but there are some individuals causing immediate outs. There are too many holes causing quick innings for opposing pitchers.
The club is seeing a ton of instability with its number two, six, seven and eight batters.
The back-end of the lineup is creating serious concerns. Ryan Hanigan is batting a lethargic .086/.195/.086 with three hits in 25 at-bats (per MLB.com).
Hanigan, typically on-base machine, is having a very cold April. He’s not alone.
Chris Heisey has been recently moved to the seventh hole. He’s batting .157/.189/.275 with eight hits in 51 at-bats and 16 strike outs.
In his last seven games Todd Frazier is batting .167/.238/.389 with three hits and two RBI. Zack Cozart isn't quite lighting up pitchers by hitting .228/.237/.491 with 13 hits in 51 at-bats.
If the Reds want to avoid a slow start that could prevent them from a postseason run, they have to solidify the lineup.
There are simply too many spots in the lineup not producing. And if the Reds can tighten up the lineup, and get some of these guys going, the club will be one of the most powerful in the NL.