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Predict the lineupPut what you WISH it would beFYI Griffin is starting (RHP)
2B KinslerSS AndrusCF HamiltonDH BeltreLF Murphy3B YoungRF CruzC Napoli1B Moreland
I wish it were...
SS AndrusDH ProfarCF Hamilton3B BeltreLF MurphyC Napoli1B MorelandRF Cruz2B Kinsler
I think it would good shake things up, but the team culture is not conditioned for this. The lineup needs a jolt and perhaps Profar could provide it. I like Kinlser's D but he is killing us at the leadoff spot. Let MY come off the bench if needed. Mix up R/L to hurt the BP if they need to get into it a bit. I wish I could bat Profar 9 but someone needs to have speed and a chance of working the count, hit & run, situationally hit in the 2 hole. Andrus is the only one that seems to do this, but I'd rather have his plate discipline in the leadoff spot and put Profar 2. I could also switch them.
I can wish...but it won't happen. I know MY won't sit...and he's been OK lately, but he still GIDP way too much and brings little power potential (despite a little recent surge, I'm unmoved). If we had a better option, I wouldn't mind Nellie sitting, too.
It's not about punishment, it's about mixing things up to create a spark. The current mix is a warm bowl of oatmeal.
We need MY in the lineup if we expect to win this game.
Andrus 3BProfar DHBeltre 3BHamilton CFNapoli CMurphy LFCruz RFMoreland 1BKinsler 2B
Young can PH in the 7th and Olt in the 8thand for defense I want Gentry and Leonys both in the outfiield for the 8th and 9th with infield of Olt, Andrus, Profar and Moreland in the 9th.The bullpen should go Ogando 7th, Uehara 8th and Nathan 9th
Kinsler 2BAndrus SSHamilton CFBeltre DHCruz RFYoung 3BMurphy LFNapoli CMoreland 1B
Andrus SSKinsler 2BHamilton CFBeltre DHMurphy LFNapoli CMoreland 1BCruz RFYoung 3B
CJ...You like Kinsler's D? Aside from not being able to hit opposite filed and popping up to the infield his most consistent attribute is being a terrible 2nd baseman.
Why is the fake TxBall posting again?
Here is the lineup as posted on twitter: : 2B Kinsler, SS Andrus, CF Hamilton, DH Beltre, RF Cruz, 3B Young, LF Murphy, 1B Napoli, C Soto
So no Moreland.
No Mitch, but fortunately we have MY in the 6 spot.
Young at 3B instead of Beltre? That gives Oakland 1 more out over 9 innings. Hope it doesn't cost us a run or big inning. Not just talking errors, but Beltre takes away hits also.
1. Why in the world is Soto starting again? He is a cancer to this lineup.2. Why isn't Napoli catching and Moreland playing 1st base, his natural position, which isn't Nap's natural position? We already have a liability at 3rd base with MY. Why not have the better defender at 1st. And Moreland had a nice rip as a PH last night. Soto is just terrible.
I just don't get this. A winner takes all and we are not fielding our best defensive lineup or best offensive lineup. Baffled once again.
hoomp - I should clarify.
I like Ian at 2B more than MY out there.
I do believe Profar will be a vastly superior 2B both defensively and offensively, I don't want to run him out there in a pressure situation with minimal experience at the position & in MLB. Olt has given us a taste already of how that can blow up. Ian isn't going to dazzle, but he probably won't do anything nuts.
Ian is probably near the bottom of any defensive metric among MLB 2B. His range isn't what it used to be and he is around 20 errors on top of that. Haven't looked closely at ZR/RF lately but I doubt it's anywhere close to MLB average.
Soto is in the real lineup and MY playing 3B again and Napoli playing 1B again. If they just don't hit the ball to 3B or 1B or make any throws that require a dig at 1st we should be fine. Plus, having Soto batting 9th will get us ready for the World Series because we'll get used to having an automatic out batting 9th. Can't wait for the game to start!
This lineup sucks.
Beltre must be in bad shape if there is any way he let Wash put together a roster without him starting at 3B - and if his shoulder is that bad, I wonder if he should be playing at all.
That said, I hope Josh Hamilton has the game of his life. If Cruz can hit a few doubles, MY won't be bale to hit into another doublle play. Thats the positive I take from it.
If Snyder is supposed to be the 1B of the future, I don't see why we never play the guy. At least play Moreland if you aren't going to play Snyder.
Um.....if Snyder is supposed to be the 1B of the future and he should be starting today then I'm jumping off the band wagon fast!
He has a higher OPS than Kinsler, Young, Elvis, and Darvish. Might as well see if we can play him; worst case scenario he improves his trade value and we can package him for Upton this offseason.
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