March 22, 2007

Lineup Thoughts

Sitting here listening to UCLA beating the Panther, I started thinking about the Pirates lineup. I have an interesting idea, at least I think it could be interesting.

It is almost a given the lineup will start the season as:
Duffy, CF
Wilson, SS
Sanchez, 2B
LaRoche, 1B
Bay, LF
Nady, RF
Paulino, C
Jose, 3B

Considering Jack will be Jack and hit his .260-.270 with a low OBP. If Paulino starts the season the way he is hitting in spring with average and some power. Do you use the following lineup?

Duffy, CF
Sanchez, 2B
Paulino, C
LaRoche, 1B
Bay, LF
Nady, RF
Jose, 3B
Wilson, SS

You may ask, why bat him 3rd? Paulino can hit for average, doesn't strike out much and may be showing some power. The bonus is you get Jack batting 8 where he belongs and Freddy slides up to the 2 hole.

What do you think?
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