Sunday, March 9, 2008

Opening day lineup

Trey Hillman has made some bizarre comments since taking over as KC manager (such as not knowing who is gonna pitch opening day, duh its gonna be Meche, it better be Meche) that I just wrote off as a rookie manager trying to motivate his players. But it appears at least one of them may come true courtesy of Bob Dutton. Ross Gload may be batting third on opening day.
So Trey do you really want a guy who hit .288/.318./.441 batting third? Is this really gonna be your standard lineup?

“It could be,” he said. “I’m liking the way it looks.”

That makes one of us. It's not only him batting third that upsets me but it's also him batting at all. I would have no problem Gload pinch hitting for TPJ in the 8th or 9th inning but batting in the 1st inning? Come on! Ok I get that he doesn't want Teahen hitting third but how about Alex Gordon, who from mid-June to the end of the season was one of the two best hitters on the team. Or Billy Butler, who as a rookie hit .292/.347/.447 and batted cleanup in 57 of his 92 games.

Here is the lineup with their respective obp's:

CF DeJesus-- .351
2B Grudz---- .346
1B Gload------.318
RF Guillen----.353
3B Gordon----.314
DH Butler-----.347
LF Teahen----.353
C Buck--------.308
SS Pena-------.284

So Butler is relegated to DH and the 6th spot in the order in Hillman's standard lineup. Here is what he should do with those nine players:
CF DeJesus
2B Grudz
DH Butler
RF Guillen
3B Gordon
LF Teahen
1B Gload
C Buck
SS Pena
And here's what he should do minus Gload:
CF DeJesus
2B Grudz
3B Gordon
RF Guillen
1B Butler
LF Teahen
DH Huber
C Buck
SS Pena

Ross Gload serves a useful purpose on a team, a utility guy who can play a decent 1st base and some outfield. But he is not a full-time option because he just doesn't hit enough and it really bothers me that not only will he take playing time away from Shealy or Huber but also bat third doing it.

Now I'm still optimistic that this is just some ploy to motivate Teahen and that Hillman doesn't plan to play Gload everyday but I'm also starting to get a little nervous.

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Brett Tomko gave up 9 hits and 5 earned runs in 2.1 innings today. I'm just saying.

3 comments:

  1. Tomko got lit up pretty good today. Guillen didn't fair too well in his first game back either. I enjoy reading your blog and will add you to my blog list.

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  2. And in regards to Tomko, I'm not sold on him either, but I feel he would be a decent #4-5 starter. He got roughed up last year, but his ERA isn't terrible his previous years. However, If Nomo can keep up what he is doing I think he deserves the job over Tomko. I would much rather see Hochevar win out the #4 spot, but if he still needs a year or 2 in the minors then I think it was a decent signing.

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  3. j-ray - Thanks and I think Guillen will be ok, Tomko not so much.
    He will be 35 on April 7th so he is out of his prime and is not the same pitcher he was from 2002-05. Man I would love to be wrong and will admit if I am but I just don't think I will be.

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