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Man http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , that was good to see again."n a minute since we’ve given Joey Votto some serious dap. Though in all honesty, that’s largely due to Votto having been decidedly un-Votto for most of this season, with his power numbers having cratered since his bang-up 2017 season for the Cincinnati Reds.That’s a pretty ripe thing for us to have done, in hindsight, since even though he’s not been his usually god-like self this year, he’s still the NL’s runaway leader in OBP - at an even .420 entering play today - and his measly 126 OPS+ entering play today is equal to the career mark of one Johnny Bench.Votto, though, smacked the heck out of a grand slam today to finally, finally reach the double-digit dinger mark on the season, and it was the kind of swing that gave us hope that he might just re-lock-in for the final push this season, just days before his 35th birthday.Congrats on the big fly, Joey, and here’s to being Joey Votto once more.Honorable Mentions are due to: Matt Harvey, who fanned 10 in 6 innings of 2 ER ball, walking 3 and allowing 4 hits in a solid all-around effort (that even included a single at the plate); and Eugenio Suarez, who had a pair of hits and scored a run.Key PlaysThe Reds went nuts in the Bottom of the 2nd Carlos Martinez Jersey , plating 7 runs against San Diego starter Robbie Erlin. Suarez led off with a single into LF, and Curt Casali followed with a single two batters later. Brandon Dixon’s RBI single then plated Suarez, and Harvey himself then reached on a bunt single that was prooooobably supposed to be a sacrifice. A Billy Hamilton sac fly then plated another run and moved Dixon up to 3B, which allowed him to score when Scott Schebler followed with an RBI single of his own. Jose Peraza then singled to load the bases for Votto, who promptly unloaded them with a mammoth 4-run slobberknocker halfway up the seats beyond the RF wall. Reds led, 7-0.Harvey finally ran into a bitof a jam in the Top of the 4th. He allowed a leadoff single to Hunter Renfroe that put a runner on-base for Eric Hosmer, who followed with a $144 million leadership home run. An Austin Hedges triple and a pair of walks then followed to load the bags, but Harvey got a pair of Ks to limit the damage. Reds led, 7-2.After that, the skies opened up, and after a lengthy delay, this otherwise meaningless game between two last place teams was called, with the Reds getting the 7-2 win.Tony GraphaninoSource: FanGraphsOther NotesSchebler’s grand slam last night set a team record, as it was the 10th hit by the Reds on the season. Votto’s, of course, just added to that record.Pastrami.Capicola.Pepperoni.SALAMI!Tyler Mahle will make his return to the Cincinnati rotation on Sunday in the series finale Lance Lynn Jersey , where he’ll be opposed by Laynce Jayson Jacob Nix. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET, unless they decide to randomly change that because it might rain again.UPDATE: They decided to randomly change that because it might rain, again. First pitch is actually set for 4:10 PM ET on Sunday.Tunes. Harrison might not be the best choice statistically, but he could provide veteran leadership for a young roster."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers Season PreviewWill Josh Harrison be an effective lead-off hitter for the Tigers in 2019?New,5commentsHarrison might not be the best choice statistically, but he could provide veteran leadership for a young roster.EDTShareTweetShareShareWill Josh Harrison be an effective lead-off hitter for the Tigers in 2019?Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsEver since the Tigers parted with Leonys Martin at the 2018 trade deadline, they have not had a traditional leadoff hitter. That is, until they signed second baseman Josh Harrison on February 23, right before their first spring training game. Before the Harrison signing, it was assumed Jeimer Candelario would be the leadoff hitter for the 2019 Tigers, a role he served in the final two months of 2018. In this experiment, Candelario hit .224/.314/.354 with 30 runs scored, one steal, and a 10.5 percent walk rate in 220 plate appearances.Harrison has spent the plurality of his playing time batting leadoff (1191 out of 3012 career plate appearances), producing a .296/.332/.436 batting line with 157 runs scored, 26 steals Mark McGwire Jersey , and a 4.1 percent walk rate. However, those numbers were down in 2018 as he hit .250/.293/.363 overall while missing time with several injuries, including a fractured hand and a hamstring strain.According to an article by Adam Berry of MLB.com back in 2016, Harrison has stated that he feels the most comfortable leading off, as his mentality changes from being an aggressive hitter to a more relaxed hitter.However, looking at his career splits, he does not perform any better batting leadoff than in other batting order positions that he has spent significant playing time.Career splits by batting order positionBatting OrderPABB%AVGOBPBatting OrderPABB%AVGOBPBaseball ReferenceCompare Harrison’s leadoff numbers to those batting seventh; he has managed identical walk rates (4.1 percent), a four point difference in batting average (.296 to .292), and a two point difference in on-base percentage (.332 to .334). Harrison even has a slightly higher walk rate batting second (4.6 percent) despite his more “quick-fire” approach.Harrison had a breakout year in 2014, batting .315/.347/.490 with 13 home runs and a 137 wRC+. He has never come close to that performance since, and now that he is over the age of 30, it is unlikely he will ever duplicate it in the future. Below is his most recent performance batting first.Batting first over the last three yearsYearPABB%AVGOBPYearPABB%AVGOBPBaseball ReferenceIn 2017, Harrison had a higher than expected walk rate batting leadoff (4.7 percent), but his hit rate was down, producing a below average on-base percentage (.295). According to FanGraphs’ Depth Chart predictions (which combined Steamer and ZiPS projections), Harrison is projected to have a .310 on-base percentage and a 4.8 percent walk rate for the 2019 season.If getting on base is the most important job for a leadoff hitter http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , according to these projections Christin Stewart (10 percent walk rate, .321 on-base percentage) and Candelario (9.8 percent walk rate, .319 on-base percentage) seem to be better candidates. However, Ron Gardenhire is an old-school manager, who generally values experience in these type of situations. Harrison is also one of a few Tigers players who is a stolen base threat (JaCoby Jones and Niko Goodrum being the others).Another side effect of signing a veteran like Harrison is that it allows Goodrum to be used as a “super sub,” filling in at various positions in the infield and outfield. When the Tigers signed Harrison, his leadership skills were highlighted as opposed to his hitting ability as the Tigers bridge the gap until one of their prospects is ready to take second base full-time (most likely Isaac Parades or Kody Clemens).Chris McCosky of the Detroit News quoted Ron Gardenhire after the Harrison signing. It is unlikely the Tigers will compete for playoff spot this year, so lineup optimization may not have a huge impact for them in 2019. Taking the old-school approach of experience over rookies, and the teaching and mentoring the young players not only fits with Ron Gardenhire, but also fits with where the Tigers are in their rebuild. In this case, having Josh Harrison as the lead-off hitter for 2019 makes the most logical choice.

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