Originally Posted by REDREAD
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..
I wondered about that. 290 AB would be scoffed at by many posters on here, myself included.
Hard to believe that with the IBB he gets from time to time in the 8 hole he would actually have better numbers in the 7 spot. It's just hard to get enough data to make a clear conclusion.