Manager Ned Yost has said for a week that he has a brain-full of ideas when it comes to his batting order, but it is way too early to commit to any one of them.
But one of the most interesting of possible orders would have Ryan Braun batting second, a pitcher batting eighth and catcher Jason Kendall batting ninth. This idea isn’t set yet, and it may not ever be used. It is just one of a flurry of ideas whizzing around inside the skipper’s head. St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has done this some during the last few seasons.
Yost’s reasoning is that he wants Braun to have more plate apperances, but still be able to have guys on in front of him. So with Kendall’s ability to see pitches and get on base, it would essentially translate to Braun still batting third while racking up about 40 more plate appearances, as stats show. In this lineup, Prince Fielder would bat third in the order, but it would be like having him in the clean-up slot.
“Common sense tells me you want your best hitters to have the most at-bats,” Yost said.
Posted: February 25, 2008 at 07:58 PM | 28 comment(s)
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