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Looking forward to September (and hopefully October) baseball, I'm wondering if we could possibly see some changes in the lineup once we get Kinsler and Cruz back. Murphy has proven that he must be in the lineup every night, at least for now. But, at the risk of being labeled blasphemous, I might suggest another potential move:
In the top of the 3rd inning last night, Elvis led off with a single. With a man on first, nobody out and Michael Young at the plate I turned to my wife and said, "I sure hope Elvis is running here, because Young is guaranteed to hit into a double play if he doesn't." Sure enough, easy double play ball to short. It has become predictable now. I'm not exactly sure what has happened, but I just don't trust MY to get the big hit the way I used to. He's hitting tons of balls on the ground in the infield and hitting much fewer line drives into the gap. He has been the face of the franchise for a decade, and he is widely regarded as one of the best professionals in the sport. That's why it pains me to think that it might benefit the Rangers more down the stretch if Young wasn't killing potential rallies at the top of the order. This isn't a knee jerk reaction...I have been watching for several weeks now, and it just seems that something isn't right with Michael at the plate.
So, when our lineup is at full strength in a few weeks, what if Wash rolled out something like this:
1. Andrus SS2. Kinsler 2B3. Hamilton CF4. Guerrero DH5. Cruz RF6. Murphy LF7. Young 3B8. Molina C9. Moreland 1B
Obviously, some shifting could be done when Borbon, Cantu, Teagarden/Treanor, etc. are in the lineup.
I'm just a fan, so please feel free to rip my argument to shreds. I just think we might have the potential for longer rallies and bigger innings if we moved Young down in the order. Plus, a change might light a fire under him. Thoughts?
I do agree that he has sucked recently but he has been getting a little better at least. I agree that the line-up should be adjusted, and I really like Kins in the 2-hole, but I would like to see Nellie in the clean up spot. As often as Hambone gets on, it really scares me with Vlad up next and a runner on....thats an even more automatic DP than MY. As far as moving MY, There is really no way Wash could do it, he is just too much of a fan favorite and I have a really hard time seeing it happening. And as you said, he is one of the most professional players in the game and I can only imagine how hard he is working to get himself right...I predict a strong september for Mike.
You are probably right to question MY staying in the two hole and the lineup would most likely be better off with someone else hitting in that slot, but it will never happen (this year). I would like to see Guerrero out of the clean up spot as well once Cruz and Kins are healthy.
I'd like to see Kinsler lead off. High OBP and doesn't make stupid base running mistakes. Plus Elvis has been money with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
Then whoever Wash decides to play.
Well, the day I post this Young promptly rewards my faith with a 3-hit game. Maybe I should start making daily posts questioning slumping Rangers???
I wouldn't be opposed to putting Kins back at the top, but I don't like Elvis at 6. He doesn't fit that spot IMO. Although you make a good point about Elvis with RISP and 2 outs. I just don't see him in the 6 hole (but nobody pays me for my opinion so what do I know). If I were to offer something up, I would go:
RHP LHPElvis ElvisMurphy YoungIan IanJosh JoshCruz CruzVlad VladYoung MurphyMoreland MorelandCatcher Catcher
Won't happen though. Young would never bat that low, and I don't really expect Vlad to leave the cleanup spot. And not so sure I want Josh in CF every day. Fun to talk about though.
This post on how to optimize your lineup by The Book might be useful: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/3/17/795946/optimizing-your-lineup-by
Thanks for the link. I've read similar analysis in a Prospectus publication, although I can't remember which one. After reviewing The Book's recommendations, I think I'd go with:
1. Kinsler2. Cruz3. Young4. Hamilton5. Guerrero6. Murphy7. Moreland8. Andrus9. Molina
... Andrus one or two spots higher if Borbon and/or Cantu was in for Murphy and/or Moreland.
But I think the most important lesson from the BtB post and other analyses of batting orders is just how inconsequential they really are (in terms of run-scoring expectations), especially over short stretches of the season.
When the Rangers get healthy....I can't wait. Oh, and Hamilton for MVP. He is the best player in the AL this season. I was at the game last night vs. Oakland and he put on a clinic of what an MVP player can single handedly do in a game.
"This isn't a knee jerk reaction....I have been watching for several weeks"In baseball, several weeks is knee jerk.
While I don't disagree with your premise the fact is, in a baseball line-up your best contact guy should bat 2, and on this team that's Michael Young.
Double plays are going to happen, they are as much a credit to a pitchers location as they are a fault of the hitters approach.
You're talking about a guy who will get 600 ABs and close to 200 hits or close to .300 Avg. I have seen what you see and MY seems to hit the 1st or 2nd pitch an awful lot. With Borbon or Andrus on base I'd expect more patience at the plate. The bigger problem I see is Borbon and Andrus obviously telegraphing their intentions when they are going to run and they should be running more. Pick-offs and pitch-outs seem to happen at a higher rate when either is going. The Rangers have to address that. MY is slower but you can look a long time before you find 600/200/.300 and MY is giving you that along with 20 errors not to mention another 50 that he never gets to in the hole between him and SS.Brooks Robinsin he ain't but how many are? The Old Gray Mare ain't what he/she used to be but he ain't no gelding either.
When Borbon plays instead of Hamilton/Cruz/Vlad/Murphy he hits 9th (vs RHP), Murphy bats 2nd and Kinsler/Hamilton/Cruz/Vlad each drop a slot.
Also, time to bump Moreland up in front of Molina. I love Moreland's approach to the plate.
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