Scooter1027 wrote:Wow, just all kinds of crazy claims in this thread. It's "personal"? He doesn't like him? Why, because he wants Hart and his big time average with RISP hitting behind Braun/Fielder? Look, I'm not a Yost fan, at all. But I applaud this decision. Hart's just not an ideal leadoff hitter. He only has 13 walks and a .329 OBP. Meanwhile, despite missing time injured, Weeks has 30 walks, 10 HBPs, and an OBP 115 points better than his BA. Hart has done well hitting 5th all season, is our best hitter with RISP, and needs to be hitting 5th so teams have to be honest with Fielder. I'm glad Yost's done with the Hart leading off business. He hit better 5th than 1st last year, and he is this year too (.208 AVG, .208 OBP leading off in '08).
Also, Prince Fielder hitting "horribly"? I know he hasn't lived up to expectations quite yet, but I wouldn't call .285/.370+, with 13 HR and 36 RBI "horrible".
I don't think it is personal either. I just think Yost is very short sided. Having Hall bat 5th in front of Hart for an entire month to start the season is proof of this.
Hart had a .346 OBP as of last week. That is pretty good even as a leadoff man. Plus his numbers in 07 were awesome as a leadoff man. He was much more aggressive both at the plate and on the base paths. Frankly I think it is silly to even think that Braun or Fielder need protection of any kind. Those guys can mash regardless of who is hitting behind them.
Hart was just plain good last year. He hit well in leadoff, he hit even better in the 5 hole. The splits bear it out. These are his career splits:
Hitting 1st (336 PA) -- .269/.316/.534 (.850 OPS), 20 HR, 47 RBI, 14 SB.
Hitting 5th (384 PA) -- .302/.355/.535 (.890 OPS), 15 HR, 60 RBI, 11 SB.
Neither split is really large enough to make sweeping conclusions about, but so far in his career he has hit better 5th than 1st, for whatever reason. And my point isn't so much that Fielder needs protection, it's more that I want Hart and his ability to drive in runs hitting behind my slugger and his .370+ OBP. That, along with the fact that Hart draws very few walks (fewer than Braun and Billy Hall this year, which I wouldn't think possible), makes him a better 5 spot candidate, in my opinion.
Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly with the Hall 5th/Hart 6th business...that was garbage.