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What are you guys hoping for in regards to the Young/Beltre/Napoli/Torrealba situation when Beltre returns? Especially since Moreland finally looks to be waking up.
I guess best case scenario, Torrealba and Napoli are able to continue hitting like they have even though they won't be in the lineup every day with Young taking more DH at bats.
Is there some other solution I'm not seeing?
1B: MorelandDH: YoungC: NapoliBench: Torrealba
1B: NapoliDH: YoungC: TorrealbaBench: Moreland
The "other solution" might be to line them up like this:
LF: CruzCF: HamiltonRF: MorelandDH: Young1B: NapoliC: TorrealbaBench: Chavez/Gentry
But I don't see that lineup being used very often.
Assuming Beltre is locked in at 3B, I think it's going to take some creativity for Wash to keep these guys in the lineup. A solution may be for Young to split time at DH/1B along with spelling Andrus and Kinsler from time to time, Moreland to play RF, Hamilton in CF, Torrealba and Napoli splitting time catching with Napoli also works some DH and 1B. But Chavez also needs to stay in the mix, so Moreland will have to sit some days to allow Chavez in center, moving Hamilton back to a corner spot.
nice problem to have isn't it?
As good as Yorvit has been lately, I don't think Napoli and Moreland should ever be out of the lineup. They are superior threats. I"m intrigued by the Moreland, Hamilton, Cruz OF but concerned about Josh's fragility and Moreland's instincts. For some reason, I am more comfortable with Gentry in the lineup more than Chavez. Chavez is a better hitter but Gentry is a great bunter, a much better fielder (seemingly) and has greater base speed. He's a poor mans Bourjous/Gardner but only because of his bat quality.
Shouldn't this be titled "IF Beltre returns"?
I think Napoli needs to be the everyday Catcher, taking DH duties when Young plays a position, or spelling Moreland at first. Then, and only then, is when Yorvit catches. Young, Moreland, and Napoli need to stay in the line-up as much as possible. LHP, RHP, no matter.
Zach - Beltre is already taking BP, etc. He'll be back. They want to ensure his health and not rush him.
Here's the winner... offensive explosion. LF: CruzCF: HamiltonRF: MorelandDH: Young1B: NapoliC: TorrealbaBench: Chavez/Gentry
Frankly, I could flip MY and Nap. MY has more experience turning double plays - I think that's a good quality at 1st. Not many 1st baseman can turn 2.
You can say they don't have enough speed with that lineup, but be serious... Kinsler, Andrus, Hambone, and Cruz are plenty above average in speed. Pencil it in, Ron.
What Ricky in Fort Worth said...with the caveat that the positions should specifically breakdown like this roughly 75% of the time (for defensive purposes):
Young - DH Napoli - C Moreland - 1B
Beltre will not be back until September ... and that's when TEX is going to be locking in the lineups they want to use in the post season.
I can see both of Scoooby's LHP and RHP lineups as being where Wash wants to be. Effective linups are stable lineups with few moving parts. Both those lineups have been used already ... so the guys know their jobs.
Alternatively ... Hamillton will get to sit in favor of Gentry some ... but the key in September is going to be to keep winning while getting Beltre back up to speed ... and getting plenty of rest the last two weeks so everyone is ready to go full speed in October.
Need to end the regular season with a record ideally 7 - 3 in last 10 games or better. So last of the lineup tinkering is only about three weeks away.
@ Chris R:
Hamilton's fragility is a good reason to keep him out of CF on a regular basis over 162 games. Once the playoffs roll around, though, I think you might be well served to put him in CF and get a better bat than Chavez/Gentry in the lineup.
Nice problem to have. How many teams can boast having too much offense to fit in a line up. Where does Leonis Martin fit, because many on us here are sure he will be called up next month and expect him to be offensive upgrade in center?
Hamilton does not need to sit for anyone. Nor should he play in CF. I ride that .310 Avg. / .805 OPS horse that is Chavez as long as it keeps producing, using Gentry as needed. BTW, thanks Caleb.
And FYI - Endy's OPS is 6th on the team, behind only Napoli (.978), Hamilton (.869), Young (.866), Cruz (.832), and Beltre (.823). Average is 2nd on the team, next to Mike. Combine that with some stellar defensive plays in CF? I say you play the hot hand.
I think the question with Endy is whether the clock strikes midnight and he turns back into a pumpk.. Endy Chavez.
If so, I think you have to consider moving Hamilton to CF for the playoffs.
Of course, the clock could also strike midnight and Yorvit Torrealba could turn back into Yorvit Torrealba...
If Martin gets called up in September ... he's not post season eligible ... so other than letting him see the big field ... why bother?
Wash trusts Gentry ... and Gentry is better defensive CF and baserunner than Martin. Martin may be able to contribute in the odd AB or as a late inning sub ... but getting the roster stable doesn't leave room for guys who are trying out for next year's team.
You guys would be crazy to think that Wash wouldn't send out his most balanced lineup when Beltre comes back. Especially for the playoffs. I would be hard pressed to find Chavez or Gentry starting in CF when the playoffs start, or down the stretch. Look for Hamilton to man CF, Moreland in RF, and Cruz in LF, with Napoli at 1B, and Yorvit behind the dish.
Well Scooby, hence why I said I ride that horse 'til it dies. Endy's run has been far longer that anything of Yorvit's. I'll take a career year from him. He knows his time here is likely limited. Let him continue helping us, while he helps his case as a 4th outfielder here or elsewhere in the future. He plays his heart out. I'll give him that.
Taylor - You really think that's a better defense? Please!
Winding - Martin is on the 40-Man. How would he not be eligible?
@Ricky ... "How would he not be eligilble?"
To be post season eligible player has to be on the active roster at the end of August ... or on the DL. To get a September call up ... player needs to be on the 40man ... but that does not make you post season eligible ... unless you are an injury replacement for a player who is playoff eligible.
@Ricky- You do understand that we will be playing the Red Sox or the Yankees and the series will be basically who can outslug the other, right? It's not a better defensive lineup, you're right. But Wash didn't run Vlad out there in RF in the World Series for his defense, I dont see this year being any different, especially when Moreland is not a horrible outfielder.
Taylor - If it is a slugging match, then you want the best defense out there. You can have the better defense AND those guys in your line-up, short of Yorvit. The perfect combo is ideal.
Winding - I know what you're saying, i.e. "Playoff Rosters: Playoff rosters must be set at 25, not including disabled players, on August 31. For each player on the 60-day DL, teams may add players to the eligible list during the playoffs at the same position, provided that they were in the orginization on August 31… Teams must choose 25 players from their playoff eligible list before each round of the playoffs." Hence why teams often do what they do with placing guys on the DL prior to.
@ Winding -
A response from a very notable Rangers insider about our discussion... "Loopholes exist."
Well that's grand news! Thanks for sharing.
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