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Re: Poll: Hanley should (and will) go back to leadoff spot

Postby bigwords » Sat May 09, 2009 9:53 am

Definitely a great player, but all those HRs this week were solo shots. Not sure if any of this is showing he belongs at #3.
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Re: Poll: Hanley should (and will) go back to leadoff spot

Postby Ender » Sat May 09, 2009 9:56 am

bigwords wrote:Definitely a great player, but all those HRs this week were solo shots. Not sure if any of this is showing he belongs at #3.



That basically comes down to dumb luck. Even the worst team in baseball is going to give you more RBI chances batting 3rd than 1st.
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Re: Poll: Hanley should (and will) go back to leadoff spot

Postby bigwords » Sat May 09, 2009 10:28 am

Maybe bad luck, but the Marlins are still going to offer near-the-bottom-of-the-league RBI opportunities because the first two players in their lineup have near-the-bottom-of-the-league OBP (at least for the #1 and #2 spot).

So the question for the Marlins and for fantasy owners is not a question of speed. It's a question of some extra at bats. Last year, the leadoff spot generated on average 46 more plate appearances than the #3 spot. Personally, I'd want my best hitter to see 46 more plate appearances if the #3 spot isn't going to generate a spectacular number of RBIs.
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