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Assuming the Rangers making the playoffs... which obviously I hope they do. What does the postseason lineup look like?
With Beltre healthy, do you go:- LF Hambone, CF Endy/Gentry, RF Cruz, 1B Moreland, C Napoli- LF Murphy, CF Hambone, RF Cruz, 1B Moreland, C Napoli- LF Cruz, CF Hambone, RF Moreland, 1B Napoli, C Torre
I know we have questions about Moreland in RF, but I think his defense is solid and I like having him and Torre in there better than Endy, Gentry, or Murphdog. In the playoffs, you need as many bats as possible and I think Moreland in RF gives us the best offense.
They're all good possibilities and I think Wash will use a couple of them, depending on who is hot at the time and matchups, but my favorite is actually the Endy/Gentry lineup. I just like the extra component of speed they bring, especially Gentry. He's definitely the worst hitter of the 3 (Endy, Torre, and Gentry), but when he gets on you're in trouble. Plus, I think our best defensive outfield is Hamilton, Gentry, Cruz. Gentry ran down some balls in the gaps last night like it was routine. I could see good arguments for each though, as I still have faith in Murphy and tend to think despite his numbers so far this year he's the best hitter of the 4 and has playoff experience now. And Torre has been really hot lately and although Nap has been good behind the dish, I still think Torre is our best defensive catcher. It's nice to have so many good options.
I do not want Murphy anywhere near my playoff starting lineup...period.
I might consider using him as a LH bat off the bench, but only to pinch hit and then likely in a double-switch, because I certainly do not want his concrete feet roaming the OF in a playoff series...
I think this is your optimal arrangement:
LF Hambone, CF Endy/Gentry, RF Cruz, 1B Moreland, C Napoli, DH Young & Torre/Murph/whichever of Endy/Gentry is not playing as PH/PR on the bench.
I do not disagree w/ the logic as far as getting bats in the lineup - but a couple of things on that:
1) Is Torre really much of an offensive upgrade over EITHER Chavez or Gentry? He may hit a little better, but his OBP is not that good, no speed, and probably less power than Chavez…
2) If he is any better at all, I suspect it is marginal at best, which would likely be offset by the defensive drop-off in RF - I think you are underestimating the defensive drop-off between Cruz in RF and Moreland in RF, and I personally do not want to see anything even remotely resembling the debacle that was Vlad in RF in last year's WS...
I think the proper OF configuration for the playoffs is to set the corners in stone (Josh – LF, Cruz – RF) and roll with the Gentry/Chavez platoon in CF – to me, this is the optimal defensive/offensive alignment.
As long as Moreland and Napoli are starting, I'm okay with any of those scenarios.
kins,elvis,josh,beltre,young(dh),cruz, nap(c), moreland, gentry/chavez = a damn strong lineup with a damn strong defense the only real question is what order you throw colby ogando and matty behind cj. personally id like to lead off with the lefties against new york and boston and throw the righties behind cj against detroit
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