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Should Dusty Baker be penciling Joey Votto into the two hole rather than the third spot in the batting order on a daily basis? It's an intriguing question and one that ESPN.com's Keith Law recently explored by arguing in favor of sticking Cincinnati's best hitter second in the lineup. Here's a snippet of how Law justified his argument... The Reds are the best example this year of a team that is giving away offense by putting their worst hitter, Zack Cozart, ahead of their best hitter, Joey Votto, an example of archaic thinking that still persists within the game because that's how we've always done it....  ....Traditionally, the No. 2 hitter is supposed to be a table-setter who can put the ball in play, drop a bunt, hit behind a runner, and so on. This is all hogwash, of course: The No. 2 hitter has the same basic job as all of the other guys in the lineup -- to get his posterior to first base any way he can.... ....If you can get one more win a...
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