Re: Bruce 2nd?
Gonzalez batted in the 2-hole six times this season. Votto was on the DL at the time. But that is neither here nor there.
Here is a more important point. Since Joey Votto bats third the three lineup spots immediately preceding him are the 9-1-2 spots. Their respective OBPs are .271, .280 and
.307. Why would you want your best hitter to be coming up with nobody on in front of him all the time? If you put Votto in the three spot to drive in runs, would it make sense to have the people in front of him get on base so that they can driven in?