Posted by Dan
But on Baseball Tonight, I saw Adam Wainwright hit a HR while hitting 8th. Karl Ravech says, “Pitcher hitting 8th, I don’t get that. Do you get that?” John Kruk says, “Well its hard to question a guy who won the last World Series.” Putting aside the sheer stupidity of that logic, here are my thoughts on it.
I personally don’t understand it. I get the “2 lead off men” concept. But why not just have the “2nd lead off man” just bat 2nd? Seems stupid to me. Instead of this:
Why not this?
Is it because Miles and Eckstein’s OBP’s are .328 and .339? Probably not. Tony La Russa is very overrated as a manager. In fact, here is the play by play from the 8th inning:
|– R. Ludwick popped out to shortstop|
|– J. Edmonds doubled to deep right center|
|– C. Duncan hit for G. Bennett|
|– C. Duncan walked|
|– A. Kennedy hit for A. Wainwright|
|– R. King relieved L. Ayala|
|– Y. Molina hit for A. Kennedy|
|– Y. Molina grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, C. Duncan out at second|
So, two men on, and La Russa has to hit for his pitcher because he’s in the 8 hole. But, I guess since he used Adam Kennedy, who is OPSing a cool .591 this season, this whole point is probably moot (I love that phrase).