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Thread: Votto should be batting second for now.......

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    All work and no play..... Vottomatic's Avatar
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    Votto should be batting second for now.......

    1. Bruce is hot
    2. Votto is hitting, but probably has had his power sapped a bit by the pain in his knee.
    3. Can't pitch around Votto (3 almost intentional walks the other night) if he's batting second. And he's an OBP machine.
    4. BP is hot too.
    5. BP and Votto hot means runners on the basepaths for the 3 and 4 hitters.
    6. Maintains the righty, lefty, righty thing Dusty likes.
    7. Hit and run is a good option if BP is being held on 1B with the lefty Votto up there to pull it through the 1B/2B opening.

    2B Phillips
    1B Votto
    Option - either Frazier, Ludwick or even Hanigan
    RF Bruce
    Option - same options
    Option - same options, I don't care
    CF - Heisey
    SS - Valdez/Gregorius


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    RH
    LH

    Hottest hitters and best power hitters in the right spots. Just my temporary lineup to finish the season.
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    Re: Votto should be batting second for now.......

    Do we want Votto racing around the basepaths and frequently being the lead runner?
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    Re: Votto should be batting second for now.......

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    Do we want Votto racing around the basepaths and frequently being the lead runner?
    If he's on the bases, he's running hard either way. I would not want to design my offense so that when my best OBP guy gets on base he won't have to run.

    I agree Votto would be a perfect fit batting 2nd, making pitchers less likely to pitch around him.
    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.

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    Re: Votto should be batting second for now.......

    I agree. In fact I have been arguing all season that Votto should be hitting second. That .474 OBP is largely wasted when he comes to the plate so often with two outs.


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