Originally Posted by Lewdog
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.
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Every hitters job should be: Get on base (OBP) and while you are doing so, acquire as many bases as possible (SLG). The more often you get on base, the more run scoring chances you provide. The more bases you acquire the closer you are to scoring, making it easier for your teammates to help bring you in.
The whole "this guy bats in this spot so his job is this" is such a limited look at players it hurts. Get on base. Acquire bases. Set your lineup so the guys who get on base the most get the most plate appearances.
If you go into setting your lineup thinking someone has the job of moving the runners over you wind up costing your team more run scoring chances. It is bad baseball strategy, even if managers have been doing it since the beginning of time.