Your best hitter shouldn't hit third so I don't know what you are getting at. It would be stupid to hit Stanton 3rd.
You are letting your lack of knowledge show.
Plus, Jaso third would make three lefties in a row, and I have him platooning with Smoak and didn't want to do a vs LHP and vs RHP.
Last edited by jej; 12-31-2012 at 02:08 AM.
One of your worst? You really hate him huh?
I highly doubt Montero will be one of our worst hitters.
4,1,2,5,3, with some variation based on player type. All he has to do is be our 5th best hitter. Shouldn't be too hard at all.
I'm all for hoping Montero can improve as a lot of people hope/expect him too. And I hope that he might be able to play some 1B down the road to offer more defensive flexibility.
But right now, I'm not that confident.
I for one am a strong believer of having your player that is most likely to get on base, be your 3rd hitter. Except for the rare players like Trout or Ichiro when they first come into the league and can cause havoc when they reach first.
It was his first year in te league at 22 years old!
Look at his minor league stats, and scouting reports. He has the talent. Just cause he struggled in his first year doesn't mean his career is over.
Most people his age are in AAA or lower, while he was throw in to the MOTO and behind the plate in the bigs. Be patient for gods sake. Can't give up because of one down year.
Someone with Stanton's power needs to hit cleanup.
Throwing a kid into the middle of the lineup- because of what he did in the minors, while ignoring how badly he played in his first full MLB season- sounds like a bad idea.
Who else would be in the middle? Jaso/Smoak platoon? Saunders?
You are overreacting to one year and are pretty much dead set on Montero busting. Bill James projects an .805 OPS for him next year. Not bad at all for a 3 hitter.
Before the season he was a consensus top five prospect. Players rarely come up and hit to potential right off the bat. Hell, look at Mike Trout.
Montero WILL improve this season. He still hits the ball as hard as anyone I've ever seen and moving the fences will only help.
I'm willing to bet he's in our top 3 best hitters this season.
and I agree with Jej nearly 100% on lineup creation. I've stuck by that article since it was written and I'm a firm believer.
I just personally love having a great #2 hitter behind your best on base guy. That sets up lots of opportunities early on in the game. Especially with an elite gap hitter at the two hole.
Alex Gordon is my ideal 2 hole guy. He could lead off but I just love those doubles.
Asdrubal Cabrera would be a really good 2-hole hitter (he's also hit lead off as well as in the three-hole).. He's a veteran that handles the bat very well going the other way or hitting behind the runner, he can lay down a bunt, and has enough pop to be able to hit a few out while still getting his share of doubles.. He'd be perfect in that role for the M's. He would turn the SS position for the M's from an offensive wasteland to one of the top three offensive producers in the AL..
He's also under team control at a reasonable price ( $ 8 MM/year for two years) thereby allowing one of the M's top prospects, Nick Franklin, time to develop, properly. A trade between the Indians and Mariners is a very good fit...