The Reds' offense has been getting better lately. But it has been doing so with little help from the fourth spot.
After Sunday's 5-0 victory over the Pirates, the cleanup hitters are batting .171 with 10 RBI. They are last in the National League in average, slugging percentage and RBI.
A quick fix would to move Jay Bruce to the spot, but manager Dusty Baker has no plans to do so.
"No, because I want to break up them lefties," Baker said. "Plus, Jay's hitting well and hitting home runs, but he's still got to improve on driving in runs himself."
Bruce hit .243 in 63 games as the No. 4 hitter last year.
Teams have intentionally walked third hitter Joey Votto six times. The Reds are 0-for-6 in the next at-bat with three strikeouts and a double play.
Brandon Phillips is hitting fourth for the time being. He is in a 2-for-24 skid after going 0-for-4 Sunday. Phillips missed time and played through a left hamstring strain.
"His leg is better now," Baker said. "Sometimes you struggle....