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Thursday, December 14, 2017

ESPN: Buster Olney: Judge Should Hit Leadoff For The Yankees

Get the pitcher sweating bullets right from the start?

But Judge can bat leadoff because he has the primary skill of the best No. 1 hitters: He gets on base a whole lot. Judge drew 127 walks, easily leading the American League and breaking Ted Williams’ 78-year-old record for a rookie, and only Mike Trout had a higher on-base percentage than Judge’s .422.

Judge also led the AL in strikeouts, with 208, and between his combination of walks and strikeouts, he averaged 4.41 pitches per plate appearance, the most in the AL. Managers often prefer to have hitters who see a lot of pitches near the top of the batting order, so that the batters who follow can watch the opposing pitcher work and learn—about what the pitcher is throwing, what he is commanding, how he is attacking hitters.
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And if Judge bats first, there would be the potential for the instant ambush of the opposing pitcher, who would be under pressure immediately. If you make a mistake to Judge, and the Yankees would have a quick run on the board; if you pitched carefully, he might take a walk and set up the rest of the inning, with Stanton looming in the middle of the order.

Interesting, but I wouldn’t go there, and I doubt that Aaron Boone, who never coached or managed at any level, will start his tenure with such an unconventional approach.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
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