RynMan wrote: Noggy wrote:
RynMan wrote:Then why not just slot that guy in at the top of the order and slide everyone down a spot? It's doing exactly the same thing, only:
a) you get to put this plan into attack straight away in the first inning
b) this part of the order will theoretically have more times at the plate over the course of the season (and mathemtically, in one game)
Because it makes no sense to give the worst hitter on the team (sans the pitcher) up to 162 plate appearances more than he would get batting 9th over the course of the season.
I think you misinterpreted what I was saying. I was asking why you wouldn't just use the guy that you are going to hit 9th behind the pitcher, in the leadoff or number 2 spot.
He got exactly what you are saying. You don't want that #9 hitter to get all those extra plate appearences, which he would hitting 1st instead of 9th.
For whatever reason, managers like to have an 2nd leadoff hitter of sorts at #9, although I don't really see the advantage of this.