Another Olibagatory Post of Lineups, now with 50% more psychology!
So, Colin weighed in below with his thought on what the lineup *should* be, so I thought I would go ahead and suggest what I believe the lineup *will* be. The lineup constructed below is based on a combination of indepth analysis, pop psychology, and Ovaltine. So, without further delay:
- Alfonso Soriano
- Mike Fontenot
- Aramis Ramirez
- Milton Bradley
- Derrek Lee
- Geovany Soto
- Kosoke Fukudome
- Ryan Theriot
Not bad, eh? Okay, so, my reasoning is as follows:
- Piniella doesn't really give a damn who leads off. He knows it doesn't matter, I know it doesn't matter and, deep down, you know it doesn't matter. So, in the interest of nonscrewingwithsomethingthatworked, Soriano stays in the leadoff position.
- I've looked deep into Piniella's eyes, past the optical nerve, and into his soul and I see that Pineila knows that Fontenot is the right choice for second. I also saw that he wants the lefty high in the order as Piniella recognizes Fontenot's combination of patience and pop (and he really, really wants to mix up the lefties and righties). I also saw a surprising number of puppies and kittens frolicking in a meadow. I didn't expect that.
- Here's where it gets tricky. I think Piniella throws Aramis into the three hole and says "look, Lee's a great hitter but you've got to mix up the righties and lefties", which brings us to...
- Bradley and Lee. Seriously, these three could get flipped and flopped in almost any configuration and I woudn't be surprised.
- Geo Soto, the easiest call in the lineup
- Fukudome sent plenty of time in the seven hole and will likely continue to toil there. I don't believe Piniella cares much for Fukudome's approach, but what can you do?
- When Theriot wasn't in the two hole, he was in the 8th position. Unless he bats Bradley third and move Theriot to second, this is where we find li'l Ryan. And since I've already used my soul vision to determine where Fontenot hits, that just leaves Theriot here.
So there you have it. Basesd on the projections Colin linked below and this tool, I've got the lineup at 5.2 runs. Perhaps Colin could run it through his more sophisticated tool and we can see just what a difference the lineup will make. My guess: almost none.
Congrates to Jim Hendry for, one again, getting the best player available. It's nice to be a part of the new Chicago Cubs.