Ned Yost has decided for sure that he will be batting Jason Kendall in the #9 slot for the Brewers this year. Earlier, Yost had said he was just considering it.
"We've done studies on this," Yost said. "It's not just that we come up one day and say, 'You know, Jason Kendall's gonna hit ninth.'
"You've had a lot of smart people looking at it and crunching numbers and seeing if, numbers-wise, it made sense."
Those smart people decided that batting Kendall ninth, a departure from the conventional baseball wisdom of batting the pitcher in the final spot, did make sense. They thought it gave the Brewers an edge, which should translate into an opportunity to score more runs.
"More runs means more wins," Yost said. "Sometimes, you've gotta get outside the box a little bit."