Should Schwarber Lead Off? Anthony Gargano And Matt Gelb Debate
One of the most heated debates this Phillies season has been whether Kyle Schwarber should lead off. For some people, it makes absolutely no sense. Traditional baseball tells you that you want your lead-off hitter to be someone fast with a high batting average. Schwarber is neither of those two things. He is very slow and is currently hitting below the Mendoza Line.
But the other line of thought is that your leadoff hitter should be your most impactful bat. Your lead-off hitter will be the person who gets the most at-bats each game, and if it comes down to the end, you want someone who can be a game-changer. And that is Schwaber, more than anyone, he can change the game with a single swing. Plus Schwarber himself says he is most comfortable leading off a game, and it is nice when he begins a game with a HR to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.
Anthony Gargano firmly falls in the anti-Schwarber leading off camp. To the point, he brings it up often. But today he had Matt Gelb from The Athletic on, who agrees with hitting Schwarber lead off. And it led to quite a debate. Anthony argued that Schwarber is too slow and clogs up the bases for speedy guys like Turner and even Harper behind him. While Matt Gelb argued that Schwarber has the best eye on the team, and that is the type of guy you want at the top of your lineup.
It seems whatever we think does not matter much. Schwarber has been locked into the leadoff spot, even while every other spot in the lineup has been tweaked. But it is still a fun topic to debate. And Anthony Gargano and Matt Gelb got into it today.
Listen to their whole debate below:
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