Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cubs' Lineup is For the Byrds

Mike Quade's lineup card for today's game has Marlon Byrd batting third for the 22nd time this season. Your third spot is traditionally used for your best hitter. How am I supposed to get excited for the Cubs, when Marlon Byrd is their #3 hitter? /takes a pause... eight, nine, ten... Ok, better.

The Cubs would be great if this was their 4th Outfielder.

Let's not get too worked up over this. Batting order is overrated. Aside from having the right person in the leadoff spot, there's little the manager can control. I do find it keenly discouraging that over the course of his ten year career, Marlon Byrd's lowest Onbase Percentage has been in the #3 spot, per Baseball-Reference:

I Split G PA BB SO BA OBP SLG tOPS+
Batting 3rd 102 416 20 82 .249 .296 .358 72
Batting 9th 70 115 3 22 .271 .304 .402 84
Batting 8th 98 349 23 67 .248 .307 .354 74
Batting 7th 41 134 9 24 .254 .316 .377 82
Batting 5th 176 719 43 124 .269 .321 .382 85
Batting 2nd 38 156 8 28 .273 .329 .378 86
Batting 1st 145 661 52 103 .289 .352 .418 102
Batting 6th 155 594 50 99 .314 .377 .473 123
Batting 4th 143 586 43 86 .317 .382 .539 140
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2011.

Go Cubs! I'll be going to the old Polo Grounds today.

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