Thursday, March 4, 2010

Judging from this, Pence less likely to bat 2nd

In this article on the evolving role of the #2 hitter, Brad Mills had a telling quote:

"It would be great to have a No. 2 hitter to be able to drive the ball, but you don't want to sacrifice the rest of your lineup. You want to be able to spread those hitters out to give yourself a chance to drive in some runs."

McTaggart, and Berkman:
Astros first baseman Lance Berkman, who hits third in Houston's order, likes the hitter before him to ultimately be able to get on base while working counts and tiring out the pitcher. Berkman said he's read some studies that argue the best hitters on a team should bat second and fourth.

"You need a guy that can give you a tough at-bat, even against a great pitcher," Berkman said. "I don't think your No. 2 guy has to hit with a lot of power, but I do think he has to have a knack for coming up with big hits because I do think you're going to be in a big situation a lot. The most important thing for me is that a No. 2 hitter makes as few outs as possible, which translates into a high on-base percentage."

Jeebus. Who would that be?


Ryan Sides said...

"Who would that be?"

No one on this team... ha

Although, honestly, the best on-base guy would probably be Berkman. However, we all know there's a snowball's chance in hell of him hitting 2-hole.

Matsui is still the best guy for getting on-base, as he's shown he has had that ability in the past. Although, depending on how awful Manzella is, IF he can hold a decent obp and Matstui struggles, I wouldn't mind trying that scenario. I'm still terrified of the black hole that we'll have at 7-8-9 right now...

The Constable. said...

+1. I'd rather see Manzella hold his own and get on base in the #2 spot and let Matsui hit 7th/8th.