Originally Posted by Steve4192
Flip Cozart and Hannigan IMO.
I want a tough out batting in front of the pitcher, to minimize the amount of times the pitcher winds up leading off an inning. I like Zach, but he gives away a lot of at bats. I don't want to see that with two outs and the pitcher on deck.
I'm not sure how putting Cozart in front of Hanigan makes it less likely for the pitcher to lead off the next inning. For the pitcher to lead off an inning it means both Cozart and Hanigan batted in the prior inning.
Putting Hanigan's high OBP in the 7th slot makes it more likely the 8th hitter comes up in the first place. I would rather have the 8th hitter come to the plate with 2 outs and a runner on base than have him lead off the next inning instead.
Due to Cozart's poor OBP it would be wise to limit his plate appearances as much as possible by putting him at the bottom of the lineup. Each subsequent spot in the lineup gets 18 fewer plate appearances per season on average. I would rather have Hanigan get those extra ABs than Cozart.
It is not a major difference though, but that is what I would do. Of course, I would also have Votto's .450+ OBP batting 2nd instead of 3rd too.