Batting Order Significance…

The Brewer Nation
Feb 18, 2008 · 1 min read

by Brewer Nation Member: Steve

Bummer news about Gallardo. Yeah, it’s only a knee problem and reported to a
month at the most on the shelf, but still not a great way to kick off
2008.

Been a lot of discussion about the significance of a batting order
and how it alters an accurate read on a player’s run producing
potential.

The Brewers are considering batting Braun fifth or maybe it
has already been decided on. The reasoning is that it will give Braun a better
chance to steal some bases and I assume not disrupt Fielder’s chance to drive in
runs.

I don’t understand this. First of all, how would Braun being on
base disrupt Fielder? I would think Braun’s threat to run would cause more of a
disruption and increase the likelihood that a pitcher will focus on the runner
rather than Prince and make a bad pitch.

Also. is stealing bases really
that important to the Brewers? This is a home runs and doubles team. Moving
Braun behind Fielder will limit Braun’s chances to drive in runs. Batting behind
Fielder is like being a team’s second lead off hitter. It seems to make more
sense to have Cory Hart in the 5 spot.

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