Originally Posted by TRF
I think EE is a perfect choice for cleanup. good mix of contact, OBP and power. In 2008, when he was on, (looking at monthly splits), he was remarkably consistent. He just needs that consistency over the course of the entire season.
I think it's possible that Dusty doesn't want to put any more pressure than is necessary on EE and batting cleanup is a pressure situation. I think he did bat cleanup for a stretch last year but I'm not too sure how he did in that spot.
From what I've heard, no one wants Brandon to hit cleanup. Dusty may be putting the best face on it which he's good at. But if they are going to hit Votto 3rd and Bruce 5th to break up the lefties, they have to put a right handed hitter in there. If it isn't going to be EE, there really aren't any other options besides Brandon. Sure, they don't have to break up the lefties but, again, cleanup is a pressure position and that may be too much pressure for a guy who hasn't played a full season yet.