Josh Reddick signed a four-year contract with the Astros in November, meaning he'll start 2017 with the fifth different organization of his career. He began 2016 with the Athletics before being dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. Reddick was raking early, hitting .322 with five homers, 18 RBI and 21 runs in 41 games before fracturing his thumb May 19. He returned in late June but was unable to get things going, hitting only .258 with five homers the rest of the way. The left-handed hitter has always scuffled versus southpaws, but 2016 was extreme as he hit a career-low .155 versus left-handers, including just .121 with the Dodgers. The Astros acquired Reddick to balance a righty-heavy lineup, so expect him to play regularly against right-handers while sitting versus most lefties. However, his strong glove may earn him late-game playing time on days he doesn't start. Reddick's power and placement in what should be one of the best lineups in baseball makes him a viable starting outfielder in mixed leagues, just don't count on everyday at-bats.
Reddick agreed to a four-year contract with the Astros on Thursday pending a physical, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Although he didn't have as much success after being dealt to the Dodgers over the summer, Reddick still is an excellent pickup for Houston. He provides a much needed left-handed bat to the lineup while offering solid defense in the outfield. As things stand now, it appears that he'll fit in as the starting left fielder, rounding out the outfield with Jake Marisnick and George Springer filling center and right field respectively.
Reddick is not in the lineup Thursday for Game 5 of the Dodgers' NLCS game against the Cubs. Reddick holds just a .155 batting average against lefties this season, so he'll head to the bench with the Cubs deploying left-hander Jon Lester as their Game 5 starter. Yasiel Puig will assume his spot in right field for the evening.
Reddick is not in the lineup Monday for Game 3 of the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Nationals. Reddick went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Game 2 Sunday, but he will be held out Monday with manager Dave Roberts opting to go with the right-handed hitting Yasiel Puig in right field against Nationals southpaw Gio Gonzalez.
Reddick is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants, Doug Padilla of ESPN.com reports. With the Dodgers facing a left-handed starter for the fourth day in a row, Reddick will cede duties in right field to Yasiel Puig. The two are expected to work in a platoon during the playoffs, with Reddick occupying the larger portion of at-bats as the left-handed option.
Reddick is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants. Reddick will be held out with the Dodgers using a righty-heavy lineup against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Yasiel Puig will man right field for the Dodgers on Friday night.