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Postby Giambis » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:46 pm

I know the conventional wisdom is that lineup order has a minimal effect on a team's success, but I'm fairly certain it has more of an effect on a player's fantasy value (though if anyone has seen a study on this, I'd love to see it). My apologies because this may be more venting than anything else, but reviewing some lineups, I am pretty confused about some batting orders so far this year:

- Dusty has Bruce hitting 7th today, ahead of him are Rolen, Gomes and Renteria
- Rangers have Cruz hitting 6th - behind Young and Beltre
- Gonzalez has Heyward hitting 6th, and McLouth hitting 2nd
- Francona hitting Crawford 7th (albeit sporadically).

Now I understand that it's still early, but I'm hoping someone could shed some light on the permanency/implications of these lineups. A guy like Maddon, for example, switches his order everyday, but generally, I haven't seen much movement on the above guys, with the exception of Crawford. Gonzalez seems pretty set on Heyward in the 6th slot, for example, which may lead to a few more rbis, but which will almost certainly be offset by a drop-off in runs and an uptick in walks as he gets pitched around (and he will take his walks). If nothing else, please feel free to post your own frustrations.
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Re: Batting Order Frustrations

Postby bigken117 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:26 pm

He's .696 OPS against lefties for his career, hitting him 7th is smart. That's when he hit there before, a lefty was starting, tonight notwithstanding.
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Re: Batting Order Frustrations

Postby Giambis » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:03 pm

bigken117 wrote:He's .696 OPS against lefties for his career, hitting him 7th is smart. That's when he hit there before, a lefty was starting, tonight notwithstanding.


That's a good thought, I had forgotten that Bruce was facing a lefty. Of course, the perception is that Bruce can't hit lefties, but he actually hit them better than righties last year (.277/.352/.547), and hit 'em a bit better than Rolen and Gomes and much better than Renteria. Either way, seems to me there are good reasons for him at least to be in the 5 slot against righties and, if there's really a split, then drop him to the 6th slot against lefties. There really isn't much of an argument that Gomes is a better hitter than him, and it would allow Dusty to go R-L-R in his 4-5-6 slots, which managers seem to enjoy.

Of course, I say all this after Bruce goes a solid 1-5 and ends the game with a strike out with the tying run on base, so maybe Dusty's just a genius.
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Re: Batting Order Frustrations

Postby Ender » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:35 am

Cruz is a really mediocre hitter outside of Texas so if they were on the road I get that one too. McLouth really fits the mold of the #2 hitter that managers like so much so that doesn't surprise me much. Crawford has been horrible so far this season so I get that one too, he also doesn't hit LHP very well.
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