A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:thedude wrote:You should be happy he is batting fifth. Fifth is a more important position than third. Third most often comes up with two outs, while fifth often comes up with men on base. I'm annoyed that Pedroia has been batting third all year. Third is actually less important than second, clean up, lead off and fifth.
This will explain the misunderstood optimization of line ups.
http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/3 ... -lineup-by
You're 100 percent right, but this was mentioned earlier in the thread, and OP decided to keep going on his witch hunt anyway.
Yeah it was funny. He quoted everything I wrote before and after that part, but conveniently didn't address the middle section of my response. Not believing it is one thing but ignoring it doesn't do much good. Also, the difference in PA between the Orioles' #3 hitter and #5 hitter this season is 16, which pro-rates to 39 PA over the course of a season. Pretty damn close to the 32 which is league average for the AL, as I said earlier. Given the higher leverage of the PA's for the #5 hitter it seems that Showalter is doing a fine job with lineup optimization by using his 5th highest OBP hitter in the #3 spot. There's an argument for putting Davis in the #2 or #4 spot I suppose, but there's also value in splitting up LHBs so that opposing teams can't just put a LOOGY in to face 2 or three of your best lefty bats without having to face a righty. In that sense, Machado and Jones should be the 2 and 4 hitters. Seems that the idiot Showalter is pretty good at constructing his lineup.