Re: The Changing Landscape of Baseball and (maybe) a new Roster Approach
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Agreed. A player should not be placed at leadoff merely because he can steal bases. The leadoff hitter must have a high OBP. Speed pales in comparison to OBP in terms of importance.
I also agree that stolen bases have added value when they are stolen with a singles hitter at the plate. You don't need to steal second to be driven in by Joey Votto or Jay Bruce and you sure as heck don't want to get thrown out on the bases with your best hitters at the plate. But guys like Ryan Hanigan and Zack Cozart are unlikely to drive you home unless you are already in scoring position. Put the basestealer in front of the singles hitters, not in front of the power hitters.
I don't think anybody would disagree with the OBP over speed argument. But one thing I think gets overlooked in regards to having a guy like Hamilton in front of the middle of the lineup is the distraction effect he'll have on the pitcher. And thus the more likely it'll be that the pitcher makes a mistake pitch. Give an advantage like that to our better hitters and they'll take advantage of mistakes at a higher rate than our lesser hitters (Cozy & Hanny). I get the argument you're making and it's certainly valid, but there are other factors that make it work in favor of him being in front of the sluggers too.
And by the way, great idea for a thread Plus Plus.
Pitching and defense...anything else is gravy. Mmmm...gravy.
Last edited by _Sir_Charles_; 01-28-2013 at 07:07 PM.