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11-17-2012, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Epictetus View Post
If you want to get into lineups and 'protection myths', then Bautista really should not be hitting 3rd. In fact, you should probably put Lind in the 3rd spot.
We have a dynamic that hasn't really existed before. Most lineup theories are based on the idea that a lineup can only have 5 guys in it who excel with the bat in any facet. Depending on what we do, we could easily have two good leadoff hitters (Reyes, Izturis), two good #2s (Melky, Bonifacio/Davis), and the makings of two middle of the orders (Bautista, EE, Lawrie, Arencibia). Rasmus is the only guy that is tough to slot in this order (which is why he is 2nd half and in a projected run driving spot). If Rasmus were moved and that became, say, Gose, the lineup would be infinitely easier to craft (though at that point, we'd definitely be wanting a Johnny Gomes to have a DH that can drive people in).

We are going to have the kind of lineup where we move the line, steal some bases, and watch runs be more a product of good at-bats with guys on than hitting homers all the time. Essentially, we'll be a better NL team.

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