April 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Why not bat Carl Crawford 2nd in this lineup? Here’s my take:

  • He likes to slap the ball to left field. This tends to open up even more if Ellsbury is on first base with the SS covering second on a steal;
  • Makes it slightly tougher on the catcher to throw to second on a steal by Ellsbury.
  • Not a bad guy to have setting the table if Ellsbury does not reach base.
  • He simply is not a good enough hitter to justify batting him in the 3 hole.

I’d go like this:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. Carl Crawford
  3. Dustin Pedroia
  4. Adrian Gonzalez
  5. Kevin Youkilis
  6. David Ortiz
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  8. J.D. Drew
  9. Marco Scutaro (Lowrie is a better soution here, but they love Marco for no good reason)

This lineup gives a good lefty/righty balance. I don’t think that Pedroia would be a stretch batting third. More pop than Crawford, and he’s right-handed.


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