Is it a good idea to limit your choices for each position based on batting order? I’ve got data from 5/17 – 6/9 that I’ve pulled, and the top batting orders for each position so far are:
1B – 5, 4 and 3
2B – 1 and 3
3B – 4 and 3
C – 8 and 7
OF – 1, 4 and 2
SS – 2, 7, and 8
Obviously there are other factors to consider, but so far it seems like batters at those orders have the best chances of scoring heavily. On the flip side, it’s also good to note which orders do less well.
As an example, the 1, 8, and 9 spots for 1B are really bad. Look at the GrindDown from yesterday. Matt Carpenter was considered an elite play, and he might have been had he started at the 3 as predicted. But he started at the 1 and put up a dud.
I wouldn’t rely solely on this information, as obviously not every single 1B at the 3, 4, and 5 are going to do well. However, there does appear to be some consistency, and this might be useful in conjunction with other information. I’ll continue to pull data, and see how the numbers look after an even larger sample size.
Thoughts? Suggestions? I can’t imagine I’m the first person to think of this.