Nate @ 49, the research into batting order suggest that speed is better utilized in front of high-contact singles hitters rather than in front of your best power hitters. The idea is even an average runner is going to advance and possibly score on extra-base hits and homeruns.
Speed is nice, but the top of the order should be all about on-base ability. Plus your good all-around hitters should hit near the top so they are getting the most plate appearances.
Great win today — aside from JJ’s continued struggles, we’re on a roll. I am pumped for the Arizona series, for several reasons:
- The offense is going strong, especially Heyward and now Freeman is busting out of his slump
- We don’t have to pitch JJ against them
- We’re catching them at a good time — Chris Young is on the DL, and Justin Upton is hurt (not sure if he’s on the DL yet). So this seems like a good time to face them in their house of horrors.
I would hope for the optomized lineup tomorrow. But this is more realistic and should be the lineup that has the snakes begging for mercy. Fredi has no choice now but to bat Heyward in the top of the lineup. He gets on base too much.
Kidding (sort of). His numbers aren’t great, but at least he isn’t striking out a lot or making too many errors. And he’s had a couple of clutch hits for us so far this year, including the two-run double that broke open the game on Tuesday night.
66: I like that Heyward has had a good couple of games in the top of the order. At the same time, I’m trying to not get too excited yet — 2 games is too small of a sample. He did have 3 Ks yesterday. Typically, I’d say that you can throw out yesterday’s game since it was against a knuckleballer, but everybody else seemed to be doing just fine against him. I think I need to see more of him in the top of the lineup, but I’m glad he’s up there.
Good point, Bubdylan. Even if it’s closer than I think between those two, Simmons very likely needs more seasoning in the minors offensively. While I think Pastornicky has little to gain and little to prove with more minor league time.