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    Who bats 3rd?

    I'm of the opinion that Votto might be better than Bruce in the 3rd slot. I think Votto brings a better plan to the plate than Bruce does, and I'm concerned that Bruce appears to beat himself up when he does poorly. Votto is a mature, cerebral guy who studies hitting, and I think right now he's better equipped to handle the pressure.

    Anybody agree?
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    Re: Who bats 3rd?

    Bruce, Phillips, Dickerson should bat 5,6,7. Let the running game play out down in front of the bottom of the line-up. Votto 3rd, EdE 4th. Need better guys at 1 and 2.
    Last edited by mth123; 08-17-2008 at 09:30 AM.
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    Re: Who bats 3rd?

    At this point, I'd go:

    Dickerson
    Votto
    EE
    Bruce
    Phillips
    Keppinger
    Hairston/Patterson
    Hannigan
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    Re: Who bats 3rd?

    Call up Tonys Guttierrez and his .400+ OBP from AA and platoon him at1B with Kepp.

    Guttierrez/Kepp 1B
    Hanigan C
    Votto LF
    EdE 3B
    Bruce RF
    Phillips 2B
    Dickerson/Hairston CF
    Janish SS

    In the off-season trade for a SS of the future who can lead-off, let the 1B platoon hit second. The catcher (whoever it may be) can bat 8th.

    When Alonso is ready he can move in the middle somewhere with Votto in the 2 spot.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: Who bats 3rd?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    At this point, I'd go:

    Dickerson
    Votto
    EE
    Bruce
    Phillips
    Keppinger
    Hairston/Patterson
    Hannigan
    Yep, might as well put your highest OPS guy in the 3 hole where he belongs.


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