Originally Posted by dougdirt
No. No. No. No. No.
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.
If this is true, then Votto has the highest OBP % so he should be hitting first right? You want the guy that gets on base most to get the most at bats so he can get on base the most? Then to set the line up each night, the coaches should just go down the line based on OBP. I can't say that I have ever seen a lineup set that way. Ever.