Dodgers own the lineup positions

We all know that Yasiel Puig has been the best number eight hitter in baseball but when Joe Davis said that Chris Taylor has been the best leadoff hitter in baseball that made me turn to Fangraphs and use the batting position split tool to find out how the rest of the lineup stacks up.

I was fully expecting Cory Seager and Justin Turner from the two and three batting order positions to be near the top but I was not expecting Cody Bellinger to be the top cleanup hitter in all of baseball.

I used Fangraphs wRC+ for this exercise with a minimum of 150 plate appearances.  It was interesting to note that many players exceeded the 150 plate appearances threshold for batting positions 1 – 5 but once we hit the number six and seven spot, not even ten hitters could reach the threshold including zero Dodgers. The Dodgers may bounce around the 5,6, and 7 spots in the order, but one – four,  and eight have been consistently the same folk game after game. Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, and Puig.

This is why the Dodgers are on pace to have the greatest season in Dodger history.  Per wRC+

  • They have the best lead off hitter in baseball (Chris Taylor)
  • They have the cleanup hitter in baseball (Cody Bellinger)
  • They have the best eight hitter in baseball (Yasiel Puig)
  • They have the fifth best five hitter in baseball (Corey Seager)
  • They have the fourth best three hitter in baseball (Justin Turner)

Lead Off:

Name Team PA wRC+
Chris Taylor Dodgers 165 197
George Springer Astros 436 159
Michael Conforto Mets 317 148
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 255 146
Charlie Blackmon Rockies 523 141
Matt Joyce Athletics 224 136
Corey Dickerson Rays 251 132
Jean Segura Mariners 376 126
Shin-Soo Choo Rangers 269 120

Batting 2nd:

Name Team PA wRC+
Mike Trout Angels 155 211
Jose Altuve Astros 178 196
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 304 178
Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 157 169
Corey Seager Dodgers 466 144
Eduardo Nunez – – – 158 144
Zack Cozart Reds 275 142
Kris Bryant Cubs 405 142
Eric Thames Brewers 385 141

Batting 3rd:

Name Team PA wRC+
Mike Trout Angels 174 198
Freddie Freeman Braves 311 168
Joey Votto Reds 514 165
Bryce Harper Nationals 447 164
Justin Turner Dodgers 379 164
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 399 157
Justin Upton Tigers 170 153
Jose Altuve Astros 304 141
Ryan Braun Brewers 244 136

Batting cleanup:

Name Team PA wRC+
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 271 152
Justin Smoak Blue Jays 202 149
Nelson Cruz Mariners 418 148
Adrian Beltre Rangers 260 140
Khris Davis Athletics 447 139
Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 355 138
Buster Posey Giants 415 138
Jay Bruce Mets 194 136
Carlos Correa Astros 284 133
Travis Shaw Brewers 406 132
Neil Walker – – – 155 132
Logan Morrison Rays 348 132

Batting eighth:

Name Team PA wRC+
Yasiel Puig Dodgers 224 132
Travis d’Arnaud Mets 155 120
Alex Bregman Astros 195 118
Jordy Mercer Pirates 198 98
Orlando Arcia Brewers 346 93
Omar Narvaez White Sox 168 86
Tucker Barnhart Reds 287 85
Freddy Galvis Phillies 154 82

This will be fun to look back on, at the end of the year.



1 Comment

  1. 68elcamino427

    Too cool for school!

    And the number 8 spot in the NL
    Is a horse of a different color
    The the AL 8 hole!


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