Originally Posted by dougdirt
And yet he hit his worst hitter higher in the line up than perhaps his best (who he actually hit 8th).
Yes in a season long setting it would be a horrible move. But just like the playoffs this will be won on small sample sizes. So Torre does have an advantage over us that he is watching batting practice and talking to the guys about how they are coming along in spring. You don't have 162 games for those stats to actualize. To this end Hosmer had some really good swings in Arizona and was hitting them right at defenders. Hosmer was having a really good spring as well. Stanton was good also. He also wants to split up righties in middle of lineup.
Once again setting like this lend themselves to players like Freese and Sandoval being the best hitters on the field when we know over 162 that isn't the case. Regular season its a horrible move. Tournament baseball he might know more than us and his rationale might be justified.