Dr. Detfink wrote:The #2 hitter gets the most RBI opportunities? Really. Then why didn't Joe Torre put Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez #2 instead of Jeter for a good 10 years?!?!
The #2 slot is a contact hitter who knows how to advance the runner. This is assuming the lead off hitter has the highest OBP. THAT'S the job.
This is why Judge has a good OBP but his RBIs are ok. I think Nick Markakis has equal RBIs to Judge. Red Sawx JD Martinez has all around better numbers than Judge ESPECIALLY in RBIs and he does NOT hit #2 (hits clean up now that the Sawx added another bat).
Guys, this is baseball 101.
That's what I believe too.
Gardner gets on base and gives a good at bat. He's a good lead off hitter. Judge and Stanton should be in the 3-4 hole. Didi and Hicks are streaky but I don't know who else I'd put at 2 besides them. Maybe Gleyber down the road? I think he's potentially going to be a guy that can be their best overall hitter.
I'm just used to the way I thought a batting order used to be. Usually a fast guy with good OBP leads off, best contact hitter 2nd, best overall hitter/power hitting 3rd/4th. etc.