Monday, March 29, 2010

Where should Ryan Ludwick hit?

Top RBI Averages (RBI/PA): 2009 (min. 400 PA)
Ryan Howard: .200
Prince Fielder: .196
Albert Pujols: .193
Jason Bay: .187
Alex Rodriguez: .187
Jorge Posada: .185
Derrek Lee: .180
Ryan Ludwick: .180
Jim Thome: .178
Torii Hunter: .178

RBI Average 2008-2009 (min. 800 PA)
Ryan Howard .204
Albert Pujols: .187
Ryan Ludwick: .181
Alex Rodriguez: .180
Aramis Ramirez: .178
Carlos Lee: .176
Justin Morneau: .176
Mark Teixeira: .175
Kevin Youkilis: .173
Josh Hamilton: .172

The only players that made both lists were Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Ludwick.  Ludwick will probably remain productive, but he will likely fall off the list though, because the acquisition of Matt Holliday push him back in the lineup. 

After hitting 2nd part of 2008, he had settled into hitting 4th before Holliday arrived last July.  He slowed down after being moved back in the lineup.  He stopped hitting home runs and went from a monster July, to a tepid August and September. 

2008
4th: 20 HR, 59 RBI, 264 AB

2009
4th: 14 HR, 55 RBI, 234 AB
5th: 7 HR, 35 RBI, 206 AB

Holliday has the longer track record and the (much) bigger salary, but Ludwick played amazingly well when hitting 4th (similar numbers to what a productive Matt Holliday should put up), and mediocre when hitting 5th.  If Holliday can be just as effective hitting 5th, the Cardinals might want to consider rearranging the lineup.      

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