Brad's Blog - 08/20/13
So Ryan Ludwick returned and the Reds are 6-2. Coincidence? I'm not ready to say he was the "chemistry" in the clubhouse that made the light go on. But I'm ready to say it doesn't hurt. It's not like hes helped them catch fire offensively by himself. He's gone 3-for-18 and didn't collect his first extra base hit or RBI until Monday night. But they have caught fire offensively and it suddenly feels like they are catching stride. Zack Cozart told me in the clubhouse before the game that the team feels like they haven't played their best baseball for any lengthy stretch. He believes they are on the cusp of making that happen. Todd Frazier agreed. Ryan Ludwick says he still doesn't feel good. His legs feel good. His shoulder feels good. His back and his ribs hurt. He feels his guys are in mid-season form and he's way behind. Maybe the fact that he's willing to catch up to them in the nick of time is motivating for them? I don't know. I do know how a lot of guys feel about other guys on this team. I know how a lot of them feel about Luddy. They respect him. Maybe it helps that he's back and progressing ever-so-slowly with them. The Reds are winning. Ludwick is back. Dusty has been desperate to find leaders in the clubhouse. Make of it what you will. I think we're supposed to fall in line what what the kids say "it's all good!" I am watching, and waiting.
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12: Outfielders Ryan Ludwick #48, Shin-Soo Choo #17 and Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds defeated the Cubs 2-0. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)