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11-17-2012, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
Batting order ideas

vs. LH pitching

Reyes
Lawrie
Cabrera
Bautista
Encarnacion
JPA/d'Arnaud
Rasmus
JPA/d'Arnaud
Izturis/Bonifacio

vs. RH pitching

Reyes
Rasmus
Cabrera
Bautista
Encarnacion
Lawrie
Lind
JPA/d'Arnaud
Izturis/Bonifacio

I like the idea of sandwiching Rasmus and Lawrie between the two switch hitters at the top of the lineup where they will see plenty of fastballs while facing opposite armed starters. If Lind starts well he can be moved ahead of Lawrie in the RHP lineup in order to break up the LH/RH batters more evenly.
I'd have Reyes and Melky 1-2 all season long, especially vs RHP. This is what I'd do all year-

Reyes
Cabrera
Bautista
EE
Lawrie
Rasmus
Lind/(hopefully Gomes)
Izturis/Bonafacio
D'arnaud(hopefully he's ready)

That's the lineup I'd run out every day, I'm assuming of course that we sign Gomes, there really needs to be a platoon situation with Lind and Gomes absolutely mashes LHP. Ideally, you'd like the DH position, given our two best hitters are right handed, to be a big left handed power bat, but Lind and Gomes in a platoon situation can still provide good offense, somewhere in the ballpark of a .850 OPS is a reasonable expectation. I don't like the idea of having 3 straight right handed bats so maybe switch Lawrie with someone but still, The top 4 shouldn't be touched. The lineup really is molding into a legit scary offense. Two switch hitters who get on base and one who provides plenty of speed, big time power at 3 and 4, and a good mix of power, switch hitting ability and speed from 5-9.

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