Originally Posted by Yachtzee
But in order to take full advantage of "hot bats," doesn't it require a bit of clairvoyance to determine who's going to get hot and who's starting a slump? How do you know when a guy is about to cool off and when someone else is about to break out?
Solid statement. I base it mainly on the fact that when your entire team, offensively, is struggling like the Reds have been doing this first month of the season, it's not an uncommon practice for any manager to "shake it up" when it comes to the batting order to try and get a lethargic offense going. After 4 weeks it's not hard for a manager to see, when looking at one's statistics, as well as watching them at the plate
, who is struggling and possibly in a slump, as well as who looks as if they are coming out of it.
No, it's not a scientific approach. Not every decision in the game of baseball (during a game) has to be based on science. Call it playing a hunch based on observation
I guess. But if I see that someone, as rfs mentioned earlier, appears to be "zoned in" - and it could be a guy who is normally a .240 hitter - then I'm gonna try to maximize that, even on a temporary basis.
When EE first came up, didn't he bat in the lower part of the batting order? And didn't some suggest that is where Hamilton should also start out? Why? Due to their youth and inexperience people didn't want to immediately see their feet thrown into the fire in a high pressure situation where one is required to produce.
It's just not uncommon for a manager to use that bottom half of the batting order, where there isn't that pressure, to help a struggling/slumping player. And the opposite is also true when a player gets hot, while someone in that top slot is slumping.
I've really been watching EE over the last week. His plate approach is looking much better. He was still making outs, but he was also making solid contact on the ball. His timing has looked much better. I personally felt things were gonna start to fall in for him. Again, it's not scientific, just based on observation.
But hasn't it also been said somewhere, and even discussed on this forum, that when it comes down to it, it doesn't really matter WHERE one bats in the lineup? Maybe that is a subject matter for another thread topic?