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Offline CJames0569

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Re: Nationals @ Mets, Game 2
« Reply #25: May 11, 2010, 04:57:15 PM »
The Third Spot
The old-school book says to put your best high-average hitter here.  The lead-off hitter should already be in scoring position and a hit drives him in.  Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

The Book says the #3 hitter comes to the plate with, on average, fewer runners on base than the #4 or #5 hitters.  So why focus on putting a guy who can knock in runs in the #3 spot, when the two spots after him can benefit from it more?  Surprisingly, because he comes to bat so often with two outs and no runners on base, the #3 hitter isn't nearly as important as we think.  This is a spot to fill after more important spots are taken care of.


I know what the book says, but no sane person can be convinced that Willy Taveras and his .263 average vs LHP should be hitting in the 3 spot. Clearly there is some majorly flawed logic in there somewhere.