Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/11/13
Lineup design tends to follow a classic formula:  the leadoff hitter gets on base, the number two guy gets him over, the number three or four guy knocks him in. It’s that simple. Or it would be in an ideal baseball world. The Met lineup has generally been anything but ideal this season as their recent record-setting 0-for-19 with RISP stretch during the soon-to-be-infamous 20-inning Marlin meltdown proves. And it will surely take more than a simple flip-flopping of the batting order to remedy the situation but I would like to propose one nevertheless. A breakdown of the numbers has revealed one apparent indicator for a greater probability of run production by the Mets: Daniel Murphy should hit third. The reasoning is fairly simple: batters who can put the ball in play with greater regularity will have a higher level of success in advancing and scoring runners than those who do not. As of this writing, Daniel Murphy and David Wright have both recorded 249 plate appearances this seaso...
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