Where Should Goldschmidt's MVP-caliber bat be in the Cards lineup?

February 11, 2019 - 7:20 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Mike Shildt hasn't settled on a definitive spot in his lineup for newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, which means the debate on where he fits best can continue. It was a big topic of conversation on KMOX, Monday night.

The question was asked by one of our followers, who said during a Facebook live with our Chris Hrabe, Goldy should bat third or fourth. 

Looking back at his career numbers, Goldschmidt has 221 AB's batting second, 3,215 in the third spot and 758 as the cleanup hitter. Hrabe says he likes the 31-year-old slugger batting third.

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He expands on that beginning at the 8:00 mark in our Facebook Live from our temporary KMOX sports studio across the street from Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium:

One argument for Goldy in the No. 2 hole is how great it would be for Matt Carpenter (if he's St. Louis' leadoff hitter) to have protection behind him unlike anything he's experienced. He may not need the salsa anymore. 

However, if Goldschmidt is hitting third Shildt could bat anyone of his best fastball hitters in front of Goldschmidt. The lineup looks a lot deepre if you could pull a fastball hitter like Kolten Wong up from the seven or eight hole. 

Hrabe continued this conversation about where Goldschmidt's best spot in the batting order is with Mike Claiborne on Sports Open Line, which you can hear in the audio below: