Originally Posted by WebScorpion
I think Drew Stubbs is the perfect #8 hitter.
1 - middling OBP so you don't want him at the top of the order.
2 - Pitchers might hesitate to walk him because of his speed.
3 - Has enough power to occasionally clear the bases before the pitcher makes the third out.
4 - If they do walk him, he could be on third base by the time the pitcher's AB ends.
5 - With him on, pitchers may get more fastballs which many of our pitchers can hit.
Any opinions? Besides "It's too early to talk about lineups."
Pitchers rarely take pitches in a sacrifice situation. I think Stubbs base stealing ability would often be wasted in the 8th spot . His best spot in this order is probably 7th, although 9th might be interesting.
Of course I'm not sure who I would bat 8th. Hanigan when he is playing is pretty good there, but it would be tough way to break in Mez.