noseeum wrote:Yoda wrote:So he hit for more power and is much more aggressive on the base paths when leading off. He already hit 3 HRs in 5 G in the leadoff spot this year before Yost pushed him down the lineup again. Also consider that Yost is effectively giving more plate appearances to a far inferior hitter in Craig Counsell which makes absolutely zero sense.
Oh well. Maybe I'm just crazy but Yost continues to make dumbass moves time after time.
Yoda alludes to it here. The problem is not that Hart should be hitting first instead of fifth. It's that the guys he puts at 1 or 2 this year instead of Hart have no excuse being near the top of the lineup. Sure, Hart might be an ideal number 5, but Counsel is a TERRIBLE 1. So if getting Counsel out of there means Hart has to leadoff than so be it. Get Hart in there. In the beginning of the year when was still out he had Tony Gwynn Jr in the 2 spot. That's just stupid. Counsel and Hardy should not be at the top of a lineup. If Weeks and Cameron are available, putting Hart at 5 is fine. If one of them is not, you have to make adjustments and move Hart up there. This is just elementary. My uncle would have done this in little league.
I understand your argument, it's reasonable. I don't think it's as cut and dry as you make it sound. And even though Counsell is by and large not a very good player, he does have a higher career OBP than Hart, the most important skill for a leadoff hitter in my opinion. I think that if Weeks was going to be out for a long period of time, Hart would probably be leading off. I guess, in the end, I don't think Yost needs to be bashed for this decision, it's not that unreasonable. He has made plenty of unreasonable, bashable decisions. And we're 11-5 this month, and swept a series with Counsell leading off, so I can't complain too much