Do you believe in protection?
The thing about some "experts" is that they don’t seem to believe in protection as being anything significant in a lineup because they have no real mathematical proof. I disagree though. If Kevin Youkilis is up to bat this season, and the game isn’t lopsided one way or another, then Ortiz is lingering on deck. If I am pitching to Youkilis, in the back of my mind I am thinking I am not going to walk Kevin Youkilis (a patient hitter I would like to add). If Ortiz hits a home run with no one on base it is only one run. If he hits a homer with Youkilis on base then it is double that. So naturally I want to be lets say "less careful" with Youkilis than if he was batting 8th on the Royals, or anywhere in the Royals lineup. Now I wouldn’t just throw him consecutive fastballs over the heart of the plate, but I wouldnt want to take a chance on getting him into a full count either where he could get on base. So I would pitch him at least a little differently. Now granted if I was pitching to him then he would just crush the ball very, very hard. And Ortiz would too. But thats a different story. So I do believe in protection. I believe that Jeter’s stats would be slightly lowered if he played on the Orioles. I believe Tejada’s stats would be crazy good on the Yanks. If Ortiz played on the Royals (if he didn’t quit that is) his stats would decline at least a little one would think. Give me some feedback on this subject I am eager to hear it.