1.  the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other

The 1st inning is the only time of the game where a manager can control who bats 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

The 7th place hitter is very rarely the *seventh* hitter in an inning.  His first at bat may find him batting “second” in the 2nd inning.  Or batting lead-off…in the 3rd inning.

So it’s hard for me to buy that hitters have a different comfort level when placed down in a batting order.

Matt Carpenter batting 7th to take the pressure off?

Would he have so much as gotten to the big leagues if such a move made him sigh in relief?

Fact:  The higher you are in the order, the more likely you are to bat an extra time.

That bit of rocket science, to me, is 90% of the batting order riddle.

But is the lead-off guy fast?!?

You can’t steal first base.

Billy Hamilton had 725 ABs batting first for the Reds, mustering .246/.290.

In 158 ABs from the 9-hole:  .247/.290.

Should we take the pressure off?  Can the dude get on base?


Matt Carpenter’s Career OBPs:

Batting 1st…………388

Batting 2nd………..352

Batting 6th-9th…..362

Batting at home……..381

Batting on the road…368

Batting during first half……..377

Batting during second half….370

Batting with pants on, while holding a bat…..375

Are we starting to (not) see a trend here?


Carp to Matheny:

Matheny:  < gives bunt sign >


When the lineup rolls over for the 5th time, who do you want getting those precious 5th at-bats?  You know, the ones versus premium relievers with the game on the line?

I’d like to see Matt Carpenter get his 5th before Mark Reynolds does.



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