Looks like Hurdle has finally wised up. Harrison is starting at 3rd tonight, on the 4th of July, with a right-handed pitcher for the Phillies. If that’s not a signal, I don’t know what is.

]]>In 266 ABs hitting 4th, Pedro has a slash line of .192/.261/.380 for a pitiful .641 OPS to go along with 11 HRs, 37 RBIs and 94 strikeouts. This year, he has 159 ABs in the cleanup spot with a .209/.306/.368 line. Certainly not good numbers even with 8 home runs.

Batting 5th, he has nearly the same number of ABs with 268 and a line of .254/.308/.429 for an OPS of .737. Better, but not fantastic by any means. He also has 88 strikeouts, only 6 less than when hitting fourth and nearly identical production numbers with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs… In 2014 he only has 9 ABs there so I won’t even bother with the numbers.

Batting 6th: 581 ABs, 35 HRs, and 103 RBIs with a line of .258/.326/.489 for an OPS of .815 and 194 strikeouts. This year he’s slashing .259/.323/.482 for an .805 OPS with 4 home runs in 85 ABs. Small sample size again, but pretty much in line with the 3 year span from 2011 – 2013.

For fun we can also look at his numbers batting 7th, though I think I speak for everyone when I say I don’t want to see him there going forward: 181 ABs, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs, 61 strikeouts, and a line of .155/.261/.359 for .620 OPS. Worth noting is that in 25 ABs this year he’s hitting .360/.467/.520. Good numbers but its a small sample size and in general 7th is just too low for a power hitter like him.

Conclusion? For some reason, Pedro just does better hitting 6th. Sure the average is only marginally better than when he hits 5th, but the power numbers are greater for whatever reason that might be. I say they keep him at 6 as it seems to be a kind of comfort zone for him. Alvarez strikes me as the kind of player who mentally needs to be in a comfortable spot so if batting 6th allows him the peace of mind to produce at an acceptable rate then I think that’s where he should stay for now.

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