Re: 2013 Lineup?
posted at 2/13/2013 2:24 PM EST
About moving guys around in the order: except for Pedey and recently Ellsbury, most of our players have been moved around quite a bit anyways, so it's not like they have a set comfort zone slot...
PAs by slot in 2012:
Salty: 6th-278, 7th-57, 8th-43, 4th-39, 5th-21, 9th-10.
Ortiz: 3rd-176, 4th-113, 5th-93, 9th-1
Middlebrooks: 6th-103, 5th-92, 7th-56, 8th-18, Others-17
Napoli: 7th-163, 8th-199, 6th-42, Others-13 (I think he'd be happy flipping between 5 & 6 rather than 7th and 8th)
Victorino: 2nd-178, 5th-176, 1st-144, 3rd-110, 6th-49, Others-9. (Looks like he was flipped all over the place last year.)
2nd (2143) .287/.351/.436/.787
1st (971) .251/.320/.411/.731 (Looks like he should avoid the 1 slot.)
5th (359) .276/.346/.442/.788
6th (352) .307/.362/.500/.862 (Looks like the 6 slot has been his best)
7th (151) .233/.325/.383/.708 (His worst career slot with 60+ PAs)
Over his career, he's virtually identical in the 1 or 5 slot, but much better in the 6 slot.
Napoli has had a career of hitting mostly 8th (891), 7th (643), 6th (621), 5th (234) or 9th (180), but his OPS is pretty consistent across the board:
5th .930 (kinda small sample size)
I'm not seeing much evidence that moving the two key guys, Victorino or Naps, is going to bruise their egos or make them uncomfy. Naps should be thrilled to bat higher now, and Victorino is used to being flipped from 2 to 5 and even 1.