After nearly a season of watching our sporadic offense, I want to suggest or at least openly wonder why the "guy who hits the most" doesn't bat in front of the "guy who hits in the most." Surely, Freddi has a reason for how he organizes his lineup, but I firmly believe that we would see much more production if Chris Johnson batted ahead of Freddie Freeman in the batting order. Additionally, I would like to see Freddie Freeman batting cleanup for the same reason.
Until Heyward is back and 100%, our starting four in the batting order should be:
CJ has proven himself as a hitter. I don't think anyone denies this, and while he may have benefited with a few balls with eyes this season, the guy has the second highest OBP on the team. And whatever, Freddi's strategy may be, it flies in the face of every other manager's strategy, since CJ is the only top ten hitter in the baseball consistently batting below 5th in the lineup. On a team that struggles to score when the long ball doesn't fly, it seems like a sensible approach would be to put on as many runners as possible for Freddie Freeman. This lineup would probably even benefit us when the long ball does fly, since we'd be more likely to have runners on when Gatti or McCann came to the plate. I'm vexed by this seeming oversight.
Does anyone understand Freddi's strategy? I'd love to hear the explanation, because my tiny brain just can't fathom why we don't want to give Freeman the best possible chance to hit in runners.