Some Dusty insight on lineup construction. Spots 1 and 2 are apparently superfluous.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...k_cin&c_id=cinAfter getting the day off Tuesday, Frazier returned to the lineup Wednesday against the A's, batting in the two-hole for the first time in his career, as manager Dusty Baker tries to jump-start his slumping third baseman.
"It can't hurt him," Baker said.
When Baker puts together a lineup, he takes into account a player's personality, his propensity to hit into double plays, whether he's right- or left-handed, and various other factors. As for Wednesday's order, Baker said it had a lot to do with the importance of the sixth spot behind Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, where Frazier has been most of the season.
"[The] fifth and sixth spots, those are RBI slots," Baker said. "Three and four get on, then five and six have a lot of opportunities, which we do here. I figured we'd try to get him going."