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RAmst23 wrote:cards05 wrote:Doug Melvin was just on the radio here in St. Louis and he said that they took notice of what LaRussa was doing last year because basically, when Tony LaRussa does something like that, he's usually got a good reason. They then brought in their numbers department to see if there was any merit to it. After running the numbers, they estimated that with Kendall batting ninth, they'd score 30 more runs this year. It's good to see more progressive thinking in baseball these days. Kudos to the Brewers. As I've said before, I'm guessing a team will abandon the whole "closer" role within a couple of years.
Well, lots of teams have tried to abandon the whole closer role thing. They called it "closer by committee", and generally those were a spectacular failure. Though, the teams that usually take this approach just have a bunch of crappy relievers and don't know what to do with them anyway.
I'm not really against having a closer spot, I just wish managers would be a little more flexible than "Only bring the closer in for the 9th." Very often, a team's 3-4-5 hitters come up in the 8th, and yet the team throws out its 2nd or 3rd best reliever. Silliness I say.
cards05 wrote:Ah yes, the unimpeachable "I'm right because I'm right" and "those who disagree with me are full of crap" arguments. You're toast Ender, just concede defeat.
brock middlebrook wrote:http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/LineupAnalysis.py
is an interesting site referenced in one of the previous articles
I played around with it using some very rough projections for Mil players, and all of the best lineups had the Pitcher batting 8th. Of course the 2-3 slots came out kind of strange...
Yost eventually tossed that idea aside, but still liked Kendall in the nine-hole because he is an extreme ground-ball hitter. The thinking goes, with a runner on base, the pitcher can bunt him over to take Kendall out of a double-play situation. If the pitcher makes the final out of the inning, you still have a high-on-base guy leading off the next frame.
Kendall led the Majors with 27 double-play groundouts in 2005. The Brewers, with what is expected to be a high-octane offense, want to avoid that kind of number this season.
"You eliminate half of those double plays, that gives you 15 more run-scoring opportunities right there," Yost said. "We just thought we had more of a chance to score runs with him in the ninth instead of the eighth. So far it's worked out right."
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