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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by Jefferson24 View Post
    This would be fine if they move Votto up to the 2 spot. Especially true if last years approach continues.
    Big fan of this. Hes perfect for a 2 hole hitter. Good OBP, see a lot of pitches, good bat control, the list goes on and on. I think Hamilton and votto hitting 1st and 2nd gives you a lot of options, provided Hamilton gets on base at a decent clip. The only real concern is if he returns to the MVP power numbers he put up a few years ago, but thats a good problem to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No pants Mcgee View Post
    Big fan of this. Hes perfect for a 2 hole hitter. Good OBP, see a lot of pitches, good bat control, the list goes on and on. I think Hamilton and votto hitting 1st and 2nd gives you a lot of options, provided Hamilton gets on base at a decent clip. The only real concern is if he returns to the MVP power numbers he put up a few years ago, but thats a good problem to have.
    Who's going to bat 3rd? Ludwick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac084c View Post
    Who's going to bat 3rd? Ludwick?
    i agree you don't have a perfect 3 hole hitter if you move votto, but you dont have an ideal 2 hitter either if you dont. Personally i wouldn't be against moving Bruce up to 3rd. The big question in my mind in this scenario is BP. Hes likely to hit somewhere 2-4 if we like it or not.

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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by No pants Mcgee View Post
    i agree you don't have a perfect 3 hole hitter if you move votto, but you dont have an ideal 2 hitter either if you dont. Personally i wouldn't be against moving Bruce up to 3rd. The big question in my mind in this scenario is BP. Hes likely to hit somewhere 2-4 if we like it or not.
    I think it's a moot point of Hamilton gets on base at a 350-360 clip from the leadoff spot.

    However, I think that's pretty unlikely.

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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou1990 View Post
    Back to the thread topic.

    B Ham, Joey, BP, JB, Ludwick, if Joey is going to be great at OBP, I would put him in the 2 hole
    My overall point is that if you put Jay Bruce batting directly behind Votto all the time, then Votto's production numbers won't mirror that of a 2 hole hitter.
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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    Ok, I'm not looking for the best numbers at the 2 hole, but the best line up. I posted my guess , the statnics can run the numbers, but my vote is the same as posted, with Votto 2 and BP #3.
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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    I also hope Bruce bats cleanup. I know Dusty was reluctant to have Votto and Bruce back to back with them both being lefties, but hopefully Price will be different.

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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    Bruce needs to make better contact if he is going to be a 4 hole hitter. That is where your RBI man needs to be and it is hard being successful when you strike out 200 times a season. Would rather have ludwig there.

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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by bullseye View Post
    Bruce needs to make better contact if he is going to be a 4 hole hitter. That is where your RBI man needs to be and it is hard being successful when you strike out 200 times a season. Would rather have ludwig there.
    I too would like to see less strike outs, but keep in mind Jay Bruce for his career Ks about 24% of the time. Ludwick about 22%. Not a huge difference.

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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    BP in the 3 hole depends on being able to avoid month-long slumps like we saw last season, but I like everything else about that lineup.
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    Re: Jay Bruce Needs to Bat Cleanup

    I'm a huge fan of batting Bruce in the 4 hole with the current team we have. I would love for us to go out and find a true cleanup hitter, but that doesn't look like its happening.

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