Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ned, Ned, Ned (Part 1)

Ned Yost discusses the Brewers batting order:

"I can tell you right now that Rickie is going to lead off," he said. "That's one spot I can say is set, right now.

Yost is considering his options for the No. 2 spot in the lineup, including shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Jason Kendall.
I started this blog almost three weeks ago and so far I think I've done a pretty decent job of laying off of Ned Yost. But there is only so long I can bite my tongue. Jason Kendall batting second? The worst hitter in your lineup? Not that J.J. Hardy would be all that much of an improvement with his .323 OBP, but Jason Kendall? Please. Why not bat the pitcher second, Ned?

Yost has also toyed with batting Prince Fielder third and Ryan Braun second. That will be just great - every time Rickie Weeks gets on base, Jason Kendal will bunt him over to second, which will open up first base so Fielder can be walked. You bat your worst hitter second and in doing so, take the bat out of the hands of your best hitter. Brilliant.

So as to put my money where my mouth is, I'd bat Corey Hart second. Look at his statistics and forget for a minute that he looks like Corey Hart. He has a .295 BA, .353 OBP; 30 points better than Hardy and almost 50 better than Kendall. He's a respectable bunter - 5 SH last year. He's very fast and doesn't ground into double plays.

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