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Jim Tracy and Ned Yost: peas in a pod

Apr 8, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

Gotta love it…


Yes, Alcides Escobar is batting second for the Royals on Sunday. Not because Ned Yost thinks he’s good. Yost thinks Escobar is the worst or second worst hitter in his lineup, which is why he’s typically batted him ninth. But he’d decided it’s more important to protect his No. 6 hitter in Moustakas than it is to have someone halfway decent hitting in front of Eric Hosmer.

In what world does that make sense?

(This is my crusade of the month. Sorry if you’re sick of reading about it already, but managers have been giving away way too many outs from the second spot in the order these last couple of years.)

  1. banksatdixie - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Yeah, we are sick of hearing about it. The season started, there is plenty to write about. Find something new.

    • ptfu - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Yeah, the rest of us are sick of silly complaints like this one. The season started, there are plenty of other articles to read. Find something new to read.

  2. ksbuff - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I have to disagree with your assessment. Cain has a potent bat so putting him in a place where he can protect Moose makes a certain amount of sense. Escobar, contrary to what his stats say, is great at using the bunt to move runners over (see yesterday’s game against the Angels). So Yost is giving Hosmer and Butler the ability to drive Gordon in from second with only one out. Isn’t that prototypical small ball?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      A, protection is a myth. B, if you have a player in front of Hosmer bunt a runner over, a manager can just walk Hosmer thus the bunt takes the bat out of Hosmer’s hand. C, anytime you make a comment like “contract to what the statistical record says”, you’re most likely wrong.

      • ksbuff - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Good point. Walk Hosmer so Butler (who specializes in extra-base hits) has an opportunity to drive two in.

      • Reflex - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Um, how does one ‘specialize in extra base hits’? Isn’t that the same thing as just saying “is a really good hitter with some power?”

    • paperlions - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      Giving more ABs to worse hitters never makes sense. Ever. Never ever. Ever.


  3. mikeincmn - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    The counter argument that having better hitters who can get on base at a good clip is more important in front of guys like Hosmer and Butler than it is protecting guys lower in the order. Especially when you consider how short lived an inning is going to be lower in the Kansas city order with offensive suck holes like betancourt and quintero.

  4. vols84 - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Yost also has a man crush on Chris Getz. No way this guy should be on the roster.

  5. groundruledoublebourbon - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Aaand Escobar promptly gets on base, steals 2nd and scores a run. Escobar has a career avg over .400 against Ervin Santana – thats why he was moved up today. It had more to do with that than the career numbers Pouliot looked at before typing this post out. Carry on, nothing to see here.

  6. kcmaddog1 - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    It worked, so………..

    • paperlions - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      People win the lottery all the time, still doesn’t mean that buying lottery tickets is a “winning strategy”.

      Over the course of a 162 game season, hitting Escobar 2nd and Cain 7th will create fewer runs and fewer wins. Escobar is a horrible hitter.

  7. kcmaddog1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    And you know this from all your managing experience?

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