Why is Robinson in 8th spot?
During Wednesday’s game, the Indians batted speedy Drew Stubbs in the ninth spot. Depending on how the lineup turned over, Stubbs could effectively be a second leadoff hitter ahead of actual leadoff man Michael Bourn. Reds manager Dusty Baker even noted before the game how that can effective way of exploiting a team’s speed.
On Thursday, the Reds started their fastest player — Derrick Robinson — in left field. But Baker batted Robinson eighth, behind DH Devin Mesoraco and ahead of catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Might Baker have considered Robinson to bat ninth to put his speed ahead of leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo?
“I thought about it,” Baker said. “Robinson’s leg is bothering him. So I might not be able to run him and I might be able to use just his bat instead of his legs.”
Baker would not elaborate on the nature of Robinson’s leg issue.
Also, Baker felt like he needed to separate Mesoraco and Hanigan.
“Last night, I didn’t like Hanigan and [Jack] Hannahan back-to-back,” Baker said. “I had no speed. If he feels good, I can still hit and run with Robinson.”