Siege1386 wrote:I never took batting position too serious except when looking for RBIs
I do. Who's in front, who's in back, type of field, it all makes a difference.
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I don't know, look what he's done since the beginning of June. Pretty nasty. .384 with 12 HRs and 28 RBIs in 42 games. The AVG and HR numbers are really good, the RBI number is just good, but it would have been a lot better if player got on base in front of him, considering he slugged .824 during that time. He keeps going like that with Giles in front of him... watch out.
You never know though, he may return to April form (.086 1 HR 2 RBIs)
How is batting position important in AVG? I guess I can see it actually. If you are batting 8th you aren't going to try and get a hit, but if you are batting 1st, then you are? The only thing I can see is for sac flys and bunts, which don't affect avg. You could say that you look at position because teams put their worse hitters in certain spots, but I know they are bad hitters and don't have to look at where they are batting. Anyways, sometimes a hitter low in the batting hitter on one team is better than another who is high on another?
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I wouldn't say it's necessarily the number you bat, but who's behind you. If you have a stud like Bonds behind you, you're going to see some nice pitches because pitchers don't want to pitch around you and potentially put you on base with a walk. The guy who hits in front of Bonds will probably see more fastballs than anyone else in the league.
exactly .. Bonds is the extreme but Cintron batting in front of Gonzo gives him a huge boost. he bats .211 in the back half of the lineup but he bats .314 in the top three spots. This an example to the lesser extreme. No pitcher wants to put a player on in front of the big guns, so they get to see a few more meat pitches.
Stairs batting position will be all for naught when Giles and Stairs get traded this week to San Diego. He may belong on your team now, but get rid of him the second they pull the trigger on that trade.
His protection in the lineup will then be Sanders, Simon, and J. Hernandez. Not exactly top notch!
Looking at the ball going over the fence isn't going to help.