Originally Posted by Chip R
I thought it was funny that during the Florida series he had Janish starting at SS one night and he, of course, batted 2nd and had a good game at the plate. The next night Cabrera is back at SS and Janish is at 3rd. In that game Cabrera batted 2nd and Janish hit 8th.
Funny isn't it?
I've actually thought about this CF bats 1st, SS 2nd deal for awhile and I think I have the formula behind Dusty Baker's decision.
It's that he actually thinks of it like Little League. It's not that CF and SS bat 1st and 2nd. It's that Phillips can't be moved from the 4th hole or Votto 3rd etc. If you jumble the lineup, your messing with the dude's groove. Votto is used to hitting behind Cabrera, Stubbs is used to leading off. It sounds asinine but I really think it might have something to do with it. It plays into Dusty's overvaluation of player tendencies.
Think of it has removing a puzzle piece and re-insterting it because that's where it goes. Catcher also hits 8th. He's comfortable 8th. Makes no sense from a statistical standpoint, but IMO Dusty thinks it matters.
Probably why he finally changed the lineup and won't stop until another major change is needed.