Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Hanigan has a higher career OBP when batting 7th (.396) than he does when batting 8th (.362). And his OPS is almost 100 points higher in the 7th slot than the 8th slot (.802 vs .708).
about Ludwick as well, but they do have him hitting better than Cozart.
Hard to say. Hannigan only has 290 plate appearances hitting 7th.
Also, when Hannigan batted 7th, there was probably a pretty bad hitter hitting 8th (Valdez or some other replacement level player that wasn't much better than the pitcher).
Anyhow, I have a feeling that pitchers would be more aggressive against Hannigan with Choo on deck as opposed to the pitcher/backup player being on deck. Hannigan gets some respect in certain situations. The pitcher is going for the easier out.
Of course, no way to prove it..
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