Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ned Yost Ponders Milwaukee Brewers Lineup

Coming into Spring Training the Brewer faithful have been contemplating what the opening day batting order will look like. It has been common knowlege that Rickie Weeks will lead off and the pitcher and Jason Kendall will occupy the 8th and 9th spots. Yesterday, in a little bit of a surprise move, announced that Prince Fielder will bat third and Ryan Braun will bat cleanup.

Last year Yost experimented with this switch. I remember the conversations and animated exchanges I had with a number of my friends. Personally, I didn't really like the move. Braun's numbers batting third were filthy. His numbers were very average at the cleanup spot.
I can appreciate Yost's argument about protecting Prince and not letting opposing pitchers pitch around him. But.........why not have confidence in Hart, Hardy or Hall batting fifth and see if one of these guys can get the job done. It's like Yost is already conceding that no one other than Braun can protect Fielder. Isn't this kind of a self-defeating prophecy?

I'm not trying to be negative here. I like the Crew and I thing we have a great deal of good options. Where does Hardy bat ? I'd love to see him bat 2nd.

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What say you??


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Steve Berg said...

Batting Braun 4th will give him more chances to use his speed and run. However, if his sore Achilles continues to linger then I doubt that we will see him run too much in the early season. Batting Prince 3rd and Braun 4th will probably increase the Brewers production, but will cause a drop in Braun's batting average.

Steve Berg said...

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