BS of the Day – 6-12-13

In Commentary And Analysis by Sitrick6 Comments

I've got no hope to find in Garza getting shelled and the offense doing nothing against a guy with no command of anything but his fastball tonight, so let's go with Harold Reynolds making an idiot of himself.

If Casten Starro and HR sheepishly admitting he confused Almora with Baez doesn't put a smile on your face, well, I can't help ya today.

"I shoulda stuck with what I knew insteada jumpin' out on a ledge like that!"

From the mouths of babes…

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  1. SVB

    Rizzo the Rat wrote:

    SVB wrote:

    Seems like Rizzo is the best hitter on the team. Why do [we] waste him in the third spot of the order and not bat him second?

    Teams have been batting their best batters in the third spot going back more than a century (see Cobb, Ty and Ruth, Babe), so I think it’s odd you ask about it in this specific case. The main reason is that it is the best place to get RBI (earlier spots don’t bat with enough runners on base, later spots don’t bat often enough). Not necessarily ideal strategy, but RBI’s have always gotten more attention than runs scored. Really, though, the advantage of batting the best hitter second as opposed to third is so tiny, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    I don’t know. Good lead off guy gets on, next guy bunts him over, best hitter is walked. vs. good lead off guy gets on, best hitter knocks him in. Best hitter at third only works if hitter at 2 is good, not just there to sac bunt/advance the runner. Plus the 2 hitter gets more ABs than the 3 hitter over the course of the season. I asked in Rizzo’s case because both Castro and Barney have been pretty bad in the 2 hole. Assuming the lead off guy is decent, why have the inning potentially end after him with the inferior hitting of Castro and Barney in at 2? Later inning goes; Out from 8 hitter, Out from pitcher/9 hitter, single, out from 2 hitter.

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  2. dmick89

    @ SVB:
    As long as your 5 best hitters are batting in the top 5 it doesn’t make much of a difference. The Book had a really good section on optimizing lineups if you’re interested.

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