According to reports today, the Pittsburgh Pirates have elected to place their pitcher eighth in the batting order placing Ronny Cedeno in the 9th spot with Akinori Iwamura batting in the lead-off spot and Andrew McCutchen second. While many will see this report and dismiss it as another roster blunder by the Pirates, there is a method to their madness. This move has real implications for McCutchen. By batting him second, the Pirates give him more RBI opportunities. Instead of having a black hole on offense batting in the 9 spot, Cedeno (who underwent a small career revival upon moving to the Pirates last year batting .258 and raising his OBP almost 100 points) and Iwamura give the Pirates an opportunity for players to get on base in front of one of their rising stars. While this does not have massive fantasy implications, it does give an owner in a deeper league flexibility when looking for a player to pick up the RBIs needed to win a close match.