But there are plenty of other ways it could go including having Freeman hit second, something Snitker said he’s thought about. Sluggers including Mike Trout, Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper are among those who’ve hit second on a full- or at least part-time basis lately.
Snitker said he wouldn’t be concerned about hitting left-handers consecutively in the first two spots with Inciarte and Freeman.
“It’s something I want to talk to him about and see what his thoughts (are),” Snitker said of possibly hitting Freeman second. “Because the lefty thing doesn’t matter; our lefties hit left-handers. It’s not like we have left-handed bats in our lineup that need to be platooned with. These guys hit lefties…. All those things, as we get closer, we’ll all discuss. That’s kind of fun to think about things like that.”
On the other hand, he said, given his druthers he’d still probably prefer to alternate left-handed and right-handed batters most of the time, and Phillips has performed well in the second spot behind Inciarte.
“I kind of like splitting it up,” he said. “Brandon’s done a really good job in that 2-hole, so it’s not like we don’t have that guy, either.”