Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Do any managers hit their best hitter, one of the best hitters in baseball, in the 2 hole?
1) While this argument is fine if you're trying to protect Dusty from criticism, it does nothing to affect the actual logic.
2) I would be happy with any other Reds position player not named Zack Cozart batting 2nd.
3) Yes. A number of managers bat their best hitter 2nd. The Cardinals bat Carlos Beltran 2nd. The Yankees bat Cano 2nd. The Orioles bat Machado 2nd. The Jays bat Jose Bautista 2nd. The Twins bat Joey Mauer 2nd. The Braves bat Jason Heyward 2nd. The Nationals bat Jayson Werth 2nd. The Brewers bat Jean Segura 2nd.
While not all of those guys those guys have torn the cover off the ball this year, all are expected to be one of the 2 or 3 best hitters on the team, some obviously the best and a few among the best hitters in the game.
It is not at all uncommon for managers to bat their best, or at least one of their best hitters 2nd. It is relatively uncommon to bat their worst hitter 2nd. When faced with the choice of moving somebody to bat 2nd besides his #1 choice (Phillips), he went with the worst possible option. Forgive me for citing that as a problem.