RynMan wrote:Scooter, do you really think they will hit Koskie third? I would have thought El Cabello would hit 3 with Jenkins 4h, Koskie 5. I just dont think he is a good enough hitter to hit 3rd, and seems like a better fit in the 5 hole.
Also Scooter, what do you project from Weeks this season? How about Hardy? just interested to hear a Brewers' fans opinion.....
Sure man, no problem.
I am thouroughly unsure who will hit 3rd. I projected Koskie simply because of the L-R-L-R-L-R nature of the lineup 3-8 in that scenario. However, Yost is a creature of habit in some ways. From everything I've read thus far, he is quite set on Lee 4th, Jenkins 5th. Jenkins really prospered hitting 5th for whatever reason. He had some very strange splits last year:
Batting 3rd -- .258/.354/.383 for a .747 OPS
Batting 5th -- .315/.378/.586 for a .964 OPS
So, as you can see the OPS is nearly 120 points apart. That could be a fluke (not that big of sample sizes), but I get the idea that Yost likes to stick with what works. That said, who knows, maybe he starts Jenks 3rd and see what happens. However, I'm like 95% sure Lee hits 4th. His RBI production was great there last year, and I've yet to see a projected lineup with his situated elsewhere.
The other guy I can see hitting third is Rickie Weeks. He has a legitimate power stroke that could fit in 3rd.
This is what I tentatively project from Weeks and Hardy
Weeks -- .270 25 HR 80 RBI 30 SB
Hardy -- .275 15 HR 58 RBI
I have Hardy projected with a higher average than other sources out there (Bill James for instance projects .253). I guess just watching his stroke from June on last year (in which he hit .308) really encouraged me. He really started to trust his surgically repaired shoulder and started ripping the ball into the gaps.