Re: Choo's affect on our lineup..........
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
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.
I'm guessing Cozart's hitting will be negatively impacted by hitting in front of the pitcher while Hanigan's is positively impacted hitting there. The 8th hitter gets pitched around a bit with the pitcher on deck. Hanigan takes advantage of that by letting the opposition walk him and it helps his OBP considerably IMO. In the 7th spot, I'd guess pitchers will come at Hanigan and his overall OBP and production will drop. OTOH, if Cozart gets pitched around, he may expand his zone and lower his OBP even farther as he chases. I'd guess that both Cozart and Hanigan would benefit by Hanigan hitting in front of the pitcher and Cozart not doing so. I'd hit Cozart 7th. His occassional power and ability to run fits better there as well.
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Last edited by mth123; 02-08-2013 at 05:41 AM.