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Postby Giambis » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:32 pm

GradysBaby133 wrote:No way

1.) Grady is comfterable in the leadoff spot and enjoys hitting there

2.) Having Grady leadoff gets him approximately 60-100 more at bats than what he would have hitting 3rd. He is the best hitter on the team and you want him to have the most at bats as he can.

3.) Who else would lead off? The only player that could even be considered is Josh Barfield, but he has the worst OBP on the team.

Well, I don't know about Grady's comfort level, and I agree there's probably no one else, but I can't just let point #2 slide. The best hitter on a team obviously doesn't lead off. It's not a question of getting your best hitter the most ab's, it's the question of giving your best hitter the best chance to add the most runs, i.e. you want your best hitter in the most highly leveraged slot in the lineup. Certainly not first in the order.
And just to nitpick, Travis Hafner is the best hitter on that team.
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Postby jlm53089 » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:54 pm

they should at least move him to 2nd.

and he is starting to remind me of crawford, this is an odd flex of power for grady....

and im liking it.
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Postby acapulco » Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:41 am

If I ran the zoo, I'd bat Sizemore FIFTH and here's why: Potentially he could steal more bases w/o having to be concerned about "taking the bat out of (Hafner and Martinez') hands"; he'd have the potential to drive in more runs. Probably not going to happen though.
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Postby dmendro » Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:15 am

With Martinez back, this is what their lineup should look like:

Grady "Don't call me tom" Sizemore
Travis Hafner

this would be very similar to how Irod bats leadoff and granderson moves down to the 9th spot.

This moves Marte who is the weakest part of that lineup right now up a little, but he's now not going to kill Sizemore's productivity. Barfield may lose out on an AB a game, but he'll end up scoring more runs.
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