Ludwick eager to shake early slump

Ludwick eager to shake early slump

Ludwick eager to shake early slump
MILWAUKEE -- Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick really wouldn't mind if his slow start to the season ended quickly.

Like now.

"I would love a three-hit or four-hit game," Ludwick said on Tuesday. "I feel like there have been a lot of 'o-fors' lately. When you have a lot of those in a row, it will show up in the batting average -- no doubt about it."

While he entered the day with three home runs and 11 RBIs, Ludwick also carried a .185 average into the game vs. the Brewers. That included a 1-for-15 clip over his previous four games.

Ludwick is familiar with slow starts and had one last season while with the Padres when he batted .198. That was followed up by a May where he batted .314.

"I've hit like 16 ground balls on the left side of the infield. If five of those find a hole, it's a whole other ballgame," Ludwick said. "But they haven't. When I put the ball in play, I feel like I'm getting barrel quite often, but unfortunately, it's been on the ground or popped up straight into the air. I don't feel like I'm making bad contact.

"Obviously, I'd like to cut down on my strikeouts a little bit. I feel like those are coming later in the game. You're 0-for-2 and you start pressing a little bit."

Ludwick continued his struggles at the plate as he finished Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Brewers 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He has 19 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this season.

Throughout the first month of the 2012 season, Ludwick has stayed positive and has not forgotten about the big picture.

"The most important thing is we're winning ballgames," Ludwick said. "Looking around the league, guys like Albert [Pujols] and Jose Bautista make me feel a little bit better about myself. Rickie Weeks is a good hitter and he's scuffling. It's early and those guys have 50 more at-bats than I have."