Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ned Yost's Perfect Lineup

After watching Jarrod Dyson make an out in four of his five plate appearances yesterday Ned Yost decided to give the speedster another go at the top of the lineup. Yost has again fallen prey to the oldest of myths, that a leadoff hitter's speed is more important than his ability to get on base. Yost's double dose of insanity got me thinking about what his all time perfect lineup would look like, you know, just for fun. It's another exercise in pointlessness but it gave me an excuse to spend some time on baseball-reference.com.

  1. 1982 Omar Moreno CF - .242/.292/.315 60 steals
  2. 1990 Jay Bell SS - .254/.329/.362 39 sacrifice bunts
  3. 1992 Carney Lansford 3B - .262/.325/.369 Former batting champ (past = present)
  4. 1983 Tony Armas RF - .218/.254/.453 36 HR's 107 RBI's 
  5. 1972 Dave Kingman DH -.225/.303/.462 29 HR's 83 RBI's
  6. 1977 Lee Mazzilli - LF  .250/.340/.339 24 doubles, 22 steals
  7. 2004 Ken Harvey 1B - .287/.338/.421 All-Star
  8. 1983 Ned Yost C - .224/.243/.352 (Player-manager, duh!)
  9. 2011 Chris Getz 2B - .255/.313/..287 Mistake free.
According to the Baseball Musings Lineup Analysis tool the above lineup would score 3.77 runs per game, but there's speed at the top, so it's all good.

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