Originally Posted by puca
Pitchers rarely take pitches in a sacrifice situation. I think Stubbs base stealing ability would often be wasted in the 8th spot .
That was my first thought as well. You'd be wasting the one thing Stubbs does really, really well.
6th is the ideal spot for OBP-challenged power, speed guys. The homers clear the high OBP power hitters in front and the SB's give him a chance to score with the Judy's batting behind him.
Having said that, even in a down year, Stubbs is an great lead-off hitter against lefties.