Originally written on Angelswin  |  Last updated 10/31/14
By Gregory Bird - AngelsWin.com Columnist In our first two articles we looked in depth at Torii’s performance last year batting second. We also examined the candidates to replace him. But it’s still unclear, so we ask again: Who goes in the two-hole in 2013? Of course, we all want a lineup—billed as the most prolific of our era— to live up to expectations and carry the Angels to a World Series victory. Some of what I written about here may be controversial and it may fly in the face of all we thought we knew. This wasn’t the conclusion I intended to write when I started this project. Hopefully, we can all keep an open mind. If we do remain open we may be able to challenge our old ideas and have a great discussion about scoring runs. There is a great article over at SB Nation by Sky Kallman, “Optimizing Your Lineup by The Book,” that summarizes research by Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andy Dolphin in their book, The Book. And, in short, on-base percentage (OBP) is the most ...
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