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Should Your Best Hitter Still Be Batting Third? -Motley Fool


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If you've ever read The Book by Tom Tango, it talks in depth about who should hit where. 

 

Your best hitter should be hitting 2nd and your #4 and #5 hitter surprisingly should be your better hitters than your #3 hitter. Basically, your 4/5 hitters have more meaningful at bats than the #3 hitter. The higher amount of at bats for the #3 hitter is offset by the fact that there are better situations for the 4/5 hitters.

 

If you were to construct your lineup like this, it would look something like Calhoun-Trout-Hamilton-Pujols-Freese. That's nothing drastic except for switching Pujols and Hamilton. 

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Here's some simply logic: the higher you are in the order, the more plate appearances you'll get over the course of a season. There's an argument that you could rank the hitters in order of best to worst, to maximize total plate appearances.

 

Regardless, I read somewhere that your #3 hitter leads off the fewest innings. I'd rather that not be Trout.

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If you've ever read The Book by Tom Tango, it talks in depth about who should hit where.

Your best hitter should be hitting 2nd and your #4 and #5 hitter surprisingly should be your better hitters than your #3 hitter. Basically, your 4/5 hitters have more meaningful at bats than the #3 hitter. The higher amount of at bats for the #3 hitter is offset by the fact that there are better situations for the 4/5 hitters.

If you were to construct your lineup like this, it would look something like Calhoun-Trout-Hamilton-Pujols-Freese. That's nothing drastic except for switching Pujols and Hamilton.

Yep, this^^

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Regarding my earlier post, you could switch Hamilton and Freese around in that lineup. Freese as a higher OBP guy hitting 3rd may be better than Hamilton's power there.

 

This isn't going to happen however since I'm sure Scioscia will have Pujols hitting 3rd for a long time. 

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Regarding my earlier post, you could switch Hamilton and Freese around in that lineup. Freese as a higher OBP guy hitting 3rd may be better than Hamilton's power there.

 

This isn't going to happen however since I'm sure Scioscia will have Pujols hitting 3rd for a long time. 

I believe Pujols has that somewhere in his contract

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Regarding my earlier post, you could switch Hamilton and Freese around in that lineup. Freese as a higher OBP guy hitting 3rd may be better than Hamilton's power there.

 

This isn't going to happen however since I'm sure Scioscia will have Pujols hitting 3rd for a long time. 

Yep, until about 2021.

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