Originally Posted by WildcatFan
I've always wondered about this. Baseball is hitter vs pitcher. Even though lineups change in cruise control stretches, it's mostly the same hitters against the same pitchers.
So do the regular hitters get less focused in these "meaningless" games? With the importance of individual stats, you'd think there would be little change in approaches no matter the situation.
I don't buy into the idea that hitters take at bats off.
I don't think they take at bats off, but we've seen alot more of the "others" get some PT... Ludwick wasn't rushed back, Cozart wasn't rushed back... Rolen has been given time off, same with Frazier, etc...
I think if you've put this lineup out there day in and day out, it would "look" like a different outcome...
Reds have had the luck to be able to start the Valdezs, Pauls (while still good) Heisey, etc without losing much ground.
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