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Wednesday
Jan162013

Hitting #3 makes the world go 'round

New Rangers DH Lance Berkman said he’s comfortable moving back to the No. 3 spot in the lineup, “It’s an interesting spot. It makes the world go ’round. It takes a different skill set to hit there than in some other spots” according to a blog report from Evan Grant of the Dallas News. Manager Ron Washington said earlier this week he expects Berkman will hit third in the Rangers’ lineup, replacing Josh Hamilton. “It’s definitely the spot in the lineup where you want your best hitter,” Berkman said.

Nine to Know

To prove Berkman's point, here are the top 2012 #3 hitters in the lineup
Rk Player Split G HR GS RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Miguel Cabrera Batting 3rd 161 44 161 139 66 98 .330 .393 .606 .999
2 Josh Hamilton Batting 3rd 143 42 143 127 58 162 .284 .352 .575 .927
3 Ryan Braun Batting 3rd 153 41 153 112 63 128 .320 .392 .596 .988
4 Adam Dunn Batting 3rd 146 39 145 90 102 220 .200 .330 .460 .790
5 Andrew McCutchen Batting 3rd 156 31 156 96 70 132 .328 .400 .554 .954
6 Albert Pujols Batting 3rd 154 30 154 105 52 76 .285 .343 .516 .859
7 Chase Headley Batting 3rd 141 29 141 105 78 141 .280 .373 .499 .872
8 Jose Bautista Batting 3rd 92 27 92 65 59 63 .241 .358 .527 .886
9 Matt Holliday Batting 3rd 154 27 154 102 75 130 .297 .381 .500 .881
10 Josh Reddick Batting 3rd 133 27 133 76 50 141 .241 .307 .460 .766
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 1/15/2013.
 

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