Found January 03, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
ESPN's Buster Olney continues to crank out "top 10 pieces" and his latest one involves the best lineups in baseball. After cracking the top six in starting rotation, outfield, and infield, the Reds take a step back on this list after settling in the No. 9 spot. Nonetheless, Cincinnati made the list and its batting lineup projects to be in the top third in MLB. Here is what Olney wrote about the Reds: Now that Shin-Soo Choo has been added to hit at the top of the Cincinnati lineup, the Reds seem to have their most well-rounded offense in years, with left-handed/right-handed balance, power, speed, everything -- all built around Joey Votto, who is arguably the sport's best left-handed hitter.A tangible difference: In 2011, Ryan Ludwick hit .237 with 13 homers in 139 games for the Padres and Pirates. In 2012, Ludwick clubbed 26 homers in 125 games and was a difference-maker for the Reds. Cincinnati has bet some significant dollars -- $15 million over the next two...
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