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..
The 100 point difference in OPS is so big that it overcomes the relatively smallish sample size. It would take a huge correction in the opposite direction just to equalize his 7th and 8th slot stats and even then the numbers would still only be equal. Your assertion was that he performed better in the 8th slot. The numbers show he is much better in the 7th slot. Even if you think he will regress to the mean with a larger sample size there is still no indication that it will regress well beyond the mean to where his stats would completely flip and become better in the 8th slot than the 7th.