J35J wrote:This is all good points but what about guys at the top of the lineup compared to guys in the middle. Like Ichiro is going to have a ton more plate appearances than someone who bats 5th in another lineup and even if they both play 162 games Ichiro will have 100 or more PA more than likley.
That's simply not the case.
Derek Jeter led the league in plate appearances with 752.
Alex Rodriguez, who played every game and hit 4th most of the season had 715.
Matsui, who also played 162 and batted 5th, had 704.
-Not a huge difference there.
David Ortiz, recorded more PA than his leadoff hitter, Johnny Damon because he played more games.
Derek Lee led the Cubs in PA.
Obviously there is a bias toward hitters batting earlier in the order. There is no question about that, but it is a reflection of how good the player is in the first place. The PA difference is really not nearly what you claim it to be and it doesn't change their value over the entire season.
You can only provide value to your team when you are playing, so to project out numbers is unrealistic.