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"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Looking for a #2 hitter? Ryan Hanigan's career numbers: 274ba, 372 obp, 369 slg, 741 OPS
This season: 360 OBP, 730 OPS
Sure he's not going to play everyday, but what kind of person would hit Janish 2nd over a guy with those types of numbers?
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Does he draw walks because he usually bats in front of the pitcher or Janish though? That would be my one big concern with Hanigan batting 2nd. Hitting ahead of Votto pitchers are going to attack him and make Hanigan earn his way on in front of Votto. I just seem to believe that Hanigan is what he is a good receiver and enough bat/eye to not be a liability when he plays.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008
Of his 223 at bats 193 have come batting 7th or 8th. He's batting 9th 16 times (8 games so I'd guess ph). He batted 6th 13 times (5 games).
Maybe I should say it this way. Why bat him 8th?
I'm thinking it was indeed Santiago. 20 year career, 5 AS games, 3 GG's 4 silver slugger awards. 10th all time in games as a catcher.
He's the definition of almost hall of famer.
Suck it up cupcake.
Sadly, Santiago was on the steroids list. That was a disappointment to me.
2015 Rotation: Under Construction
Hanigan is tied for 6th in MLB (with Placido Polanco) in contact rate. I'm sure batting in front of the pitcher and Janish gives him more pitches to hit, but it doesn't affect his ability to judge a pitches' location nor to make contact when he does swing.
Perhaps pitchers would challenge him more batting 2nd, but doesn't it make sense to give it a shot rather than bat a sub .300 OBP guy up there instead?
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
"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