in 2012, Brantley ended up hitting everywhere in the order except for
the 9th spot. he bat in a few abnormal places due to coming in to pinch
hit in a few games and certain guys getting days off. but he mostly bat
4th and 5th. Michael is by no means a cleanup hitter, but this team was
struggling so much, and Michael ended up being our most consistent and
reliable hitter, so he was ultimately thrust into the cleanup spot and
5th spot on numerous occasions.

Michael started the year batting leadoff. however, he struggled there out of the gate. between that and other extenuating circumstances, he was eventually moved down lower in the batting order. i of course think it was unfair for Manny to move Michael out of the leadoff spot so soon, because Michael had been starting to get going at the end of April and was getting himself leadoff hits again. he made adjustments in his batting stance that really helped. alas, the impatience of Manny gave Michael a chance to show everyone that he can pretty much hit anywhere.

it took Michael some time to adjust to the move at first, which was to be expected considering he was seeing different pitches in different spots in the order. that would throw anyone off after they'd been so used to leading off for the majority of their career. but he did settle in and get comfortable, and he ended up being one of our most consistent hitters, if not the most consistent, against both righties and lefties all season.

according to the numbers, Michael put up a better batting average when he was lower in the order, and he did remarkably well in the 5th spot. maybe playing the most games there had a little something to do with it, but considering he's not a typical #5 hitter, i give him credit. he overcame the adversity, and fully utilized his talents to maintain a respectable batting average, no matter where he hit, throughout the season.

Michael played in

Michael led off 22 games.

Michael bat 2nd in 5 games.

Michael bat 3rd in 1 game.

Michael bat 4th in 24 games.

Michael bat 5th in 65 games.

Michael bat 6th in 19 games.

Michael bat 7th in 11 games.

Michael bat 8th in 2 games.

Michael played center in 144 games.

Michael was the PR in 1 game.

Michael was the DH in 3 games.

Michael was the PH in 4 games.

Michael played

159 hits

112 singles

37 doubles

4 triples

6 home runs

60 RBIs (4 sac flies)

63 runs scored

53 walks (12 intentional)

56 strikeouts

12 stolen bases (9 caught stealing)

36 first at bat hits

now let's break down his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup.

when Michael

22 hits

14 singles

7 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

7 RBIs

14 runs scored

9 walks (1 intentional)

10 strikeouts

2 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

5 leadoff/first at bat hits

when Michael

5 hits

4 singles

1 double

0 triples

0 home runs

6 RBIs

4 runs scored

2 walks

3 strikeouts

1 stolen base

0 first at bat hits

when Michael

1 hit

1 single

0 strikeouts

0 first at bat hits

when Michael

20 hits

15 singles

4 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

4 RBIs

6 runs scored

10 walks (1 intentional)

8 strikeouts

1 stolen base (1 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

when Michael

73 hits

53 singles

15 doubles

1 triple

4 home runs

31 RBIs (4 sac flies)

27 runs scored

24 walks (9 intentional)

23 strikeouts

5 stolen bases (3 caught stealing)

15 first at bat hits

when Michael

21 hits

13 singles

5 doubles

1 triple

2 home runs

5 RBIs

7 runs scored

7 walks

6 strikeouts

3 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

when Michael

14 hits

9 singles

5 doubles

0 triples

0 home runs

7 RBIs

4 runs scored

0 walks

4 strikeouts

0 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

4 first at bat hits

when Michael

3 hits

3 singles

1 run scored

1 walk (1 intentional)

0 strikeouts

2 first at bat hits

when Michael

137 hits

98 singles

30 doubles

3 triples

6 home runs

53 RBIs (4 sac flies)

49 runs scored

44 walks (11 intentional)

46 strikeouts

10 stolen bases (6 caught stealing)

31 first at bat hits

defensively, Michael only played center field this season, but because he played a few games as the DH and PH'd a couple times without playing center, his numbers while playing center are not all the same as the numbers above. so now i will get into the break down of his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup while playing center.

Michael played

Michael

Michael

Michael

Michael played

when Michael

156 hits

109 singles

37 doubles

4 triples

6 home runs

60 RBIs (4 sac flies)

62 runs scored

52 walks (12 intentional)

51 strikeouts

12 stolen bases (7 caught stealing)

34 first at bat hits

when Michael

22 hits

14 singles

7 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

7 RBIs

14 runs scored

9 walks (1 intentional)

10 strikeouts

2 stolen bases (3 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

when Michael

5 hits

4 singles

1 double

0 triples

0 home runs

6 RBIs

4 runs scored

2 walks

3 strikeouts

1 stolen base

0 first at bat hits

when Michael

1 hit

1 single

0 strikeouts

0 first at bat hits

when Michael

20 hits

15 singles

4 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

4 RBIs

6 runs scored

9 walks (1 intentional)

5 strikeouts

1 stolen base

5 first at bat hits

when Michael

72 hits

52 singles

15 doubles

1 triple

4 home runs

31 RBIs (4 sac flies)

27 runs scored

24 walks (9 intentional)

22 strikeouts

5 stolen bases (2 caught stealing)

15 first at bat hits

when Michael

21 hits

13 singles

5 doubles

1 triple

2 home runs

5 RBIs

7 runs scored

7 walks

6 strikeouts

3 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

when Michael

14 hits

9 singles

5 doubles

0 triples

0 home runs

7 RBIs

4 runs scored

0 walks

4 strikeouts

0 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

4 first at bat hits

when Michael

1 hit

1 single

1 walk (1 intentional)

0 strikeouts

0 first at bat hits

when Michael

134 hits

95 singles

30 doubles

3 triples

6 home runs

53 RBIs (4 sac flies)

48 runs scored

43 walks (11 intentional)

40 strikeouts

10 stolen bases (4 caught stealing)

29 first at bat hits

when Michael was the

1 hit

1 single

1 walk

0 stolen bases (2 caught stealing)

4 strikeouts

when Michael was the

1 walk

1 caught stealing

3 strikeouts

when Michael was the

1 hit

1 single

1 caught stealing

1 strikeout

when Michael came in to

2 hits

2 singles

1 run scored

1 strikeout

2 first at bat hits

when Michael came in to

0 hits

0 strikeouts

when Michael came in to

0 hits

1 strikeout

when Michael came in to

2 hits

2 singles

1 run scored

2 first at bat hits

when Michael came in to

next up, a blog about how my preseason hopes did or did not match up with Brantley's 2012 season, along with comparing this season to 2011.

Brantley's 2012 Game-by-Game Notes & Numbers blog

Michael started the year batting leadoff. however, he struggled there out of the gate. between that and other extenuating circumstances, he was eventually moved down lower in the batting order. i of course think it was unfair for Manny to move Michael out of the leadoff spot so soon, because Michael had been starting to get going at the end of April and was getting himself leadoff hits again. he made adjustments in his batting stance that really helped. alas, the impatience of Manny gave Michael a chance to show everyone that he can pretty much hit anywhere.

it took Michael some time to adjust to the move at first, which was to be expected considering he was seeing different pitches in different spots in the order. that would throw anyone off after they'd been so used to leading off for the majority of their career. but he did settle in and get comfortable, and he ended up being one of our most consistent hitters, if not the most consistent, against both righties and lefties all season.

according to the numbers, Michael put up a better batting average when he was lower in the order, and he did remarkably well in the 5th spot. maybe playing the most games there had a little something to do with it, but considering he's not a typical #5 hitter, i give him credit. he overcame the adversity, and fully utilized his talents to maintain a respectable batting average, no matter where he hit, throughout the season.

Michael played in

**149 (of 162) games**in 2012.Michael led off 22 games.

Michael bat 2nd in 5 games.

Michael bat 3rd in 1 game.

Michael bat 4th in 24 games.

Michael bat 5th in 65 games.

Michael bat 6th in 19 games.

Michael bat 7th in 11 games.

Michael bat 8th in 2 games.

Michael played center in 144 games.

Michael was the PR in 1 game.

Michael was the DH in 3 games.

Michael was the PH in 4 games.

Michael played

*. he subbed into 6 games, by way of PR (1 game), PH (4 games), and/or late innings defensive replacement (1 game, no ABs). he was subbed out early in 8 games. he was the DH in 3 games. he did not play at all in 13 games. he missed 10 games due to injury.***132 complete games****in 2012**, Michael had a total of**609****plate appearances**and**552****at bats****in 149 games**. here is how he fared:159 hits

112 singles

37 doubles

4 triples

6 home runs

60 RBIs (4 sac flies)

63 runs scored

53 walks (12 intentional)

56 strikeouts

12 stolen bases (9 caught stealing)

36 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average: .288 (159-552) (149 games)**now let's break down his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup.

when Michael

**led off in 2012**, he had a total of**106 plate appearances**and**97 at bats**in**22 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:22 hits

14 singles

7 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

7 RBIs

14 runs scored

9 walks (1 intentional)

10 strikeouts

2 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

5 leadoff/first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the leadoff spot: .227****(22-97) (22 games)**when Michael

**bat 2nd in 2012**, he had a total of**20 plate appearances**and**18 at bats**in**5 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:5 hits

4 singles

1 double

0 triples

0 home runs

6 RBIs

4 runs scored

2 walks

3 strikeouts

1 stolen base

0 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 2nd spot: .278****(5-18) (5 games)**when Michael

**bat 3rd in 2012**, he had a total of**5****plate appearances**and**5****at bats**in**1****game**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:1 hit

1 single

0 strikeouts

0 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 3rd spot: .200 (1-5) (1 game)**when Michael

**bat 4th in 2012**, he had a total of**99 plate appearances**and**89 at bats**in**24 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:20 hits

15 singles

4 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

4 RBIs

6 runs scored

10 walks (1 intentional)

8 strikeouts

1 stolen base (1 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 4th spot: .225****(20-89) (24 games)**when Michael

**bat 5th in 2012**, he had a total of**265**and**plate appearances****237**in**at bats****65**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:**games**73 hits

53 singles

15 doubles

1 triple

4 home runs

31 RBIs (4 sac flies)

27 runs scored

24 walks (9 intentional)

23 strikeouts

5 stolen bases (3 caught stealing)

15 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 5th spot: .308****(73-237) (65 games)**when Michael

**bat 6th in 2012**, he had a total of**67**and**plate appearances****60**in**at bats****19**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:**games**21 hits

13 singles

5 doubles

1 triple

2 home runs

5 RBIs

7 runs scored

7 walks

6 strikeouts

3 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 6th spot: .350****(21-60) (19 games)**when Michael

**bat 7th in 2012**, he had a total of**42**and**plate appearances****42**in**at bats****11**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:**games**14 hits

9 singles

5 doubles

0 triples

0 home runs

7 RBIs

4 runs scored

0 walks

4 strikeouts

0 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

4 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 7th spot: .333****(14-42) (11 games)**when Michael

**bat 8th in 2012**, he had a total of**5**and**plate appearances****4**in**at bats****2**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:**games**3 hits

3 singles

1 run scored

1 walk (1 intentional)

0 strikeouts

2 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 8th spot: .750****(3-4) (2 games)**when Michael

**bat everywhere other than leadoff in 2012**, he had a total of**503**and**plate appearances****455**in**at bats****127**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:**games**137 hits

98 singles

30 doubles

3 triples

6 home runs

53 RBIs (4 sac flies)

49 runs scored

44 walks (11 intentional)

46 strikeouts

10 stolen bases (6 caught stealing)

31 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average everywhere other than leadoff: .301 (137-455) (127 games)**defensively, Michael only played center field this season, but because he played a few games as the DH and PH'd a couple times without playing center, his numbers while playing center are not all the same as the numbers above. so now i will get into the break down of his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup while playing center.

Michael played

**144 games total**where he was the**center fielder**for some portion of the game.Michael

**started**as the center fielder in**140 games**.Michael

**subbed in**to play CF in**4 games**.Michael

**subbed out**as CF early in**8 games**.Michael played

**132 games**where he stayed in**center the entire game**.when Michael

**played center in 2012**, he had a total of**594 plate appearances**and**538 at bats**in**144 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:156 hits

109 singles

37 doubles

4 triples

6 home runs

60 RBIs (4 sac flies)

62 runs scored

52 walks (12 intentional)

51 strikeouts

12 stolen bases (7 caught stealing)

34 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average while playing center: .290****(156-538) (144 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat leadoff in 2012**, he had a total of**106 plate appearances**and**97 at bats**in**22 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:22 hits

14 singles

7 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

7 RBIs

14 runs scored

9 walks (1 intentional)

10 strikeouts

2 stolen bases (3 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the leadoff spot while playing center: .227 (22-97) (22 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat 2nd in 2012**, he had a total of**20 plate appearances**and**18 at bats**in**5 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:5 hits

4 singles

1 double

0 triples

0 home runs

6 RBIs

4 runs scored

2 walks

3 strikeouts

1 stolen base

0 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 2nd spot while playing center: .278 (5-18) (5 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat 3rd in 2012**, he had a total of**5 plate appearances**and**5 at bats**in**1 game**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:1 hit

1 single

0 strikeouts

0 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 3rd spot while playing center: .200 (1-5) (1 game)**when Michael

**played center and bat 4th in 2012**, he had a total of**92 plate appearances**and**83 at bats**in**22 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:20 hits

15 singles

4 doubles

1 triple

0 home runs

4 RBIs

6 runs scored

9 walks (1 intentional)

5 strikeouts

1 stolen base

5 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 4th spot while playing center: .241 (20-83) (22 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat 5th in 2012**, he had a total of**261 plate appearances**and**233 at bats**in**64 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:72 hits

52 singles

15 doubles

1 triple

4 home runs

31 RBIs (4 sac flies)

27 runs scored

24 walks (9 intentional)

22 strikeouts

5 stolen bases (2 caught stealing)

15 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 5th spot while playing center: .309 (72-233) (64 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat 6th in 2012**, he had a total of**66 plate appearances**and**59 at bats**in**18 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:21 hits

13 singles

5 doubles

1 triple

2 home runs

5 RBIs

7 runs scored

7 walks

6 strikeouts

3 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

5 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 6th spot while playing center: .356 (21-59) (18 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat 7th in 2012**, he had a total of**41 plate appearances**and**41 at bats**in**11 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:14 hits

9 singles

5 doubles

0 triples

0 home runs

7 RBIs

4 runs scored

0 walks

4 strikeouts

0 stolen bases (1 caught stealing)

4 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 7th spot while playing center: .341 (14-41) (11 games)**when Michael

**played center and bat 8th in 2012**, he had a total of**3 plate appearances**and**2 at bats**in**1 game**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:1 hit

1 single

1 walk (1 intentional)

0 strikeouts

0 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average in the 8th spot while playing center: .500 (1-2) (1 game)**when Michael

**played center and****bat everywhere other than leadoff in 2012**, he had a total of**4**and**88 plate appearances****44**in**1 at bats****122**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:**games**134 hits

95 singles

30 doubles

3 triples

6 home runs

53 RBIs (4 sac flies)

48 runs scored

43 walks (11 intentional)

40 strikeouts

10 stolen bases (4 caught stealing)

29 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average everywhere other than leadoff while playing center: .304 (134-441) (122 games)****other 2012 #s while playing center: 336 putouts, 5 assists, 1 error, .997 fielding percentage (144 games)**when Michael was the

**DH in 2012**, he had a total of**11 plate appearances**and**10 at bats**in**3 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:1 hit

1 single

1 walk

0 stolen bases (2 caught stealing)

4 strikeouts

**2012 batting average as the DH: .100 (1-10) (3 games)**when Michael was the

**DH and bat 4th in 2012**, he had a total of**7 plate appearances**and**6 at bats**in**2 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:1 walk

1 caught stealing

3 strikeouts

**2012 batting average as the DH in the 4th spot: .000 (0-6) (2 games)**when Michael was the

**DH and bat 5th in 2012**, he had a total of**4 plate appearances**and**4 at bats**in**1 game**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:1 hit

1 single

1 caught stealing

1 strikeout

**2012 batting average as the DH in the 5th spot: .250 (1-4) (1 game)**when Michael came in to

**PH in 2012**, he had a total of**4 plate appearances**and**4 at bats**in**4 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:2 hits

2 singles

1 run scored

1 strikeout

2 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average as a PH: .500 (2-4) (4 games)**when Michael came in to

**PH and bat 6th in 2012**, he had a total of**1 plate appearance**and**1 at bat**in**1 game**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:0 hits

0 strikeouts

**2012 batting average as a PH in the 6th spot: .000 (0-1) (1 game)**when Michael came in to

**PH and bat 7th in 2012**, he had a total of**1 plate appearance**and**1 at bat**in**1 game**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:0 hits

1 strikeout

**2012 batting average as a PH in the 7th spot: .000 (0-1) (1 game)**when Michael came in to

**PH and bat 8th in 2012**, he had a total of**2 plate appearances**and**2 at bats**in**2 games**. breaking down the numbers are as follows:2 hits

2 singles

1 run scored

2 first at bat hits

**2012 batting average as a PH in the 8th spot: 1.000 (2-2) (2 games)**when Michael came in to

**PR in****2012**, in**1 game,**he did not come around to score a run.next up, a blog about how my preseason hopes did or did not match up with Brantley's 2012 season, along with comparing this season to 2011.

Brantley's 2012 Game-by-Game Notes & Numbers blog

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