Re: Zack Cozart - Hitting second
Originally Posted by M2
I recall last season that Stubbs had a a brief spell where he was doing well in the #2 hole. That didn't last and I don't expect Cozart to deliver the OB needed from a quality #2 hitter over the long haul.
Eventually someone else will need to do that job.
Exactly. Players' performance may vary in different spots in the lineup. But most of that variance is due to randomness, not a change in their actual ability to perform. I'm glad Cozart has been hitting well in the 2nd spot, but the reality is that he had a .043 BABIP batting 7th and a .385 BABIP batting 2nd this year. In both places, it's small sample size variance.
Over time, we have a pretty good idea of how Cozart's going to hit -- and it won't look good batting 2nd.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.