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??