Originally Posted by 757690
The Reds will not lose one single game because Janish is batting second. They might lose games because he is in the lineup, but not because of where he is hitting.
You have no idea if this is true or not. I can't say I'm absolutely sure it would cost them a game (or three) and you can't say you're absolutely sure it wouldn't. Neither of us know for sure.
But it definitely COULD cost them a win. Janish can't hit and can't get on base. But he's likely going to get more ABs than a better hitter in a particular game if you bat him second. That could cost you a win very easily. If you need a punch-and-judy hitter like Janish in your lineup due to defense, you bat him eighth. Only Dusty (who I otherwise like) can't see this.