Dusty Baker was quoted in saying that Brandon Phillips will be batting cleanup this year. I find this problematic for a few reasons.
- Does that mean that you will bat Taveras, Bruce, Votto, Phillips? Righty, lefty, lefty, righty? Seriously? I guess it is not that big of a deal, but strategy wise it might be better to break that up a little bit.
- You are taking away Phillip's speed. You are forcing him to be a run producer and jamming up the base paths in front of him. Two years ago this was a 30/30 guy and they are trying to turn him into a 35/10 guy. Speed is a rarity in this lineup, don't take away a weapon in this guys arsenal. I saw this guy steal 2nd AND 3rd base in a single play, he just kept going, it was one of the coolest things i have ever witnessed, probably won't see that again.
- Good news for Encarnacion, he will get pitches to hit, because anyone would rather pitch to him than Phillips.
Hope this works.
Let's face it, it is defiantly no worse than batting Adam Dunn leadoff! (True Story)
Batting 1st 17 15 70 56 16 12 0 0 7 12 11 0 18 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .214 .371 .589 .961 .161 111 Batting 1stThat stat line is from www.baseball-reference.com. Basically what it is saying is that he played 17 games in the leadoff spot and he was HORRIBLE, as anyone would imagine.