Tuesday, June 02, 2009
#2 Without A Bullet
The Dodgers have seen their fare share of lineups used this season, mostly due to the Manny Ramirez suspension. The Dodgers Most Common Batting Lineup still remains one that features Manny Ramirez. The second most common lineup, which does not include Manny, seems to be stalled one occurrence shy of the first place spot, thanks in part to the demotion of Andre Ethier from the cleanup to the sixth spot in the lineup.
2009 #1 Most Common Dodger Lineup
2009 #2 Most Common Dodger Lineup
May 23rd, the last time Andre Ethier hit cleanup was the last time the Dodgers put the same lineup (1 thru 8, pitchers spot) on the field for two consecutive games. Lineup construction has very little effect on the game from a statistically significant point of view, but it does show that the Dodgers team is in a somewhat state of flux, due to the recent rash of nagging injuries and slumps to players like Ethier. It will be interesting to see when the next game will be where the Dodgers put out the same lineup for back to back games.