We have A LOT of hitting for the middle of the order but nothing really at the top.
Yes Ellis gets on but I love him more as a #2 hitter than a #1 hitter, I felt our line up suffered a bit from that move.
We also have a ton of starting depth and relivers, and infield, hopefully we can move them for something.
As of now we have
C - A.J. Ellis
1B - Adrian Gonzalez
2B - Mark Ellis
3B/SS - Luiz Cruz
SS/3B - Hanley Ramirez (interchangeable in my mind)
LF - Carl Crawford when healthy but until then ? Schumaker? Castellanos? Hairston? Herrera?
CF - Matt Kemp (although I'd love to see him not there for his longevity)
RF - Andre Ethier
Bench (7, for 15 total)
Juan Uribe (more than likely will be traded, if can't, released)
Alex Castellanos (we have no other outfielders on the bench)
Jerry Hairston (where doesn't he play?)
Elian Herrera (will come back down to earth next year)
Nick Punto (scheduled to be moved)
Starters (good lord we're deep)
1 - Clayton Kershaw
2 - Zack Grienke
3 - Josh Beckett
4 - Chad Billingsley
5 - Ted Lilly
? - Hyun-Jin Ryu/Aaron Harang/Chris Capuano
Relivers (9 total)
I except Ely, Fife and Wall to head back to AAA or be traded.
We're going to go with 5 starters and Ryu will get spot starts and long relief. He also may give Lily some rest from time to time until they're sure he's fully recovered.
but man that rotation looks good and so does the bullpen, we can go 6-9 every game and be sure, or do what the Angels started in 2002 and pitch our guys 6 innings, gain the lead, bring in the bullpen 7-8-9 and finish it with Tolleson/Guerra/Belisario then League then Jansen, so beautiful!
As for the line up, D Matts may be looking at Craw to hit leadoff but he was a WAY better #2 for the Rays so a line up of
would be the best way to go. man...thats just sick huh?