Originally Posted by SlimJim11
I'm really not sure why people would rather have a man on 3rd with 1 out instead of a men on first and 2nd with 0 outs.
And why is it Joey's fault that BP is a GIDP machine? Isn't that BP's problem and not Joey's?
Give me 1st and 2nd with 0 outs and Bruce at the plate all day.
Different positions in the lineup have different jobs and responsibilities expected of them right? You expect a clean up hitter to drive in runs right? You expect a #5 hitter to be almost as the same as a clean up hitter in order to protect the clean hitter and do the same type of thing right? A #3 hitter is supposed to be a contact man that gets hits and moves the runners into scoring position. Getting a ton of walks, especially if you aren't a gazelle on the base paths only sets up the double play and the possibility of the other team getting out of the inning with no runs allowed. Have you ever thought that maybe Phillips is a GIDP machine often times because he has a not so fast Votto sitting at first base? How many times have you heard the color guys say that maybe Dusty should do a hit and run to avoid it? It is what it is.
Votto doesn't have consistent power and walks too much to be the right #3 guy in the order. Personally, I say next year with Hamilton who can steal a base or two and has the speed to score from first on a double easily, bat Votto second instead of putting .250 hitters like Cozart there and giving away an easy out with the big bats coming to the plate.