What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I can't wait for the day when every manager in baseball comes to the realization that bunting is the worst play in baseball.
The answer to the lineup question is simple: if you were a pitcher, would you rather face Kins-MY-Ham OR Kins-Andrus-Ham? I'm willing to bet 99% of pitchers would prefer to face a non-threatening singles hitter more than they would like to face an OBP machine who is a threat to drop a bomb.
I'm guessing the people who believe in a "true" #2 hitter also value a player based on his batting average and RBI total. I mean, if we are going to determine batting order based on the 1980s, we might as well apply the same valuation methods that teams used back then.
My ideal lineup is:
1. Kinsler (R) - 2B2. Young (R) - DH3. Hamilton (L) - CF4. Beltre (R) - 3B5. Cruz (R) - RF6. Napoli (R) - C7. Murphy (L) - LF8. Andrus (R) - SS9. Moreland - 1B
I suppose you could switch Cruz/Napoli/Murphy somewhat if you want. Maybe swap Napoli/Murph if you wanna split your lefties with a power hitter in the middle. Hell I wouldn't be opposed to swapping Napoli/Murphy, and dropping Andrus to 9th. The bottom of that order would be:
...6. Murphy (L) - LF7. Napoli (R) - C8. Moreland - 1B9. Andrus (R) - SS
Or if you really wanna cause havoc for opposing pitchers:
1. Kinsler (R) - 2B2. Young (R) - DH3. Hamilton (L) - CF4. Beltre (R) - 3B5. Napoli (R) - C6. Murphy (L) - LF7. Cruz (R) - RF8. Moreland - 1B9. Andrus (R) - SS
I think Elvis could become a great hitter if he is given the chance to take some real at bats. I hate seeing small ball being played with this lineup in the first 5 innings of games. If Elvis was told to swing away instead if dropping a bunt to move runners, he would become a better hitter.
Give me a top 6 of:
Put the bottom 3 in whatever order. Maybe Murphy-Moreland-Andrus against RHP and Andrus-Moreland-Gentry against LHP.
No ML manager really does this right.
@scooby, I would take the top 6 you listed and run with that and wouldn't even care about the order. With the hitters we have Elvis would be deadly at the bottom of the order.
Agreed. Get the 6 best hitters in the lineup as many PA as possible. Conversely, get your 2-3 worst hitters the least number of at-bats. It's not rocket science.
I can't wait for this idea that a #2 hitters needs to bunt/hit-and-run/steal bases. Get your best hitters as many PA as possible. Period. Plus, Wash won't have the opportunity to waste outs by bunting runners over.
I agree with @God - I personally think that Wash has stunted Andrus' development as a hitter. Now, Andrus is bunting guys over on his own b/c he knows his manager will give him a high-five when he comes back.
Boy this talk sure died down with Andrus at.298 and Napoli at .240
Not really. Mike Napoli's wOBA is .356 and Andrus's is .344. Despite his current slump and Andrus's current hot streak, Napoli has still been the better hitter this year, creating 8% more runs per PA than Andrus. Batting avg. isn't a good measure of hitting.
Don't get me wrong. It's great that Elvis is hitting better than he has in the past. But Napoli's career wOBA is .373. And that includes a lot of years hitting in Anaheim, a pitcher's park. I doubt that Andrus will ever be as good a hitter as Napoli. But maybe someday.
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