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Kendall to bat ninth


"We've done studies on this," Yost said. "It's not just that we come up one day and say, 'You know, Jason Kendall's gonna hit ninth.'

"You've had a lot of smart people looking at it and crunching numbers and seeing if, numbers-wise, it made sense."

I used David Pinto's Lineup Analysis tool and plugged in the Brewers' starters' PECOTA projections. I ran it twice, first with Yovani Gallardo as the pitcher, using his stats from last year (.268/.475)--basically the high end for a pitcher's hitting performance. For the other, I plugged in Ben Sheets' average numbers from the last three years (.056/.041!!!), which pretty much represents the worst possible hitting performance by a Major League player.

The results: in both scenarios, all of the top 30 run-producing lineups have Kendall batting ninth.

Contrast Milwaukee's (you don't really think Yost volunteered for this, do you?) flexibility and openness with that of the new Cincinnati regime:

The best baseball managing is done by the seat of your pants, using good, old-fashioned, pre-sabermetric logic. That's another reason to like Dusty Baker.

Anyone with a laptop can locate the Web site baseball- and sound like an expert. Anyone with a library card can pick up one of James' mind-numbing baseball "abstracts," in which the author makes the game sound like a first cousin to biomechanical engineering.

It ain't that scientific.

Here's a stat: Wins as manager: Dusty Baker, 1,162; Bill James, 0.

Like, whoa. The sheer venom in that article is astounding; it reminds me of why books like this get written.