It "would" be great to see Markakis hitting 2'nd, I'm with you there. Unfortunately Buck will probably stick him back at #3, and keep Hardy #2 (where he's a terrible fit). Because the guy has no idea how to fill out a lineup card.
Also expect to see liberal doses of Reynolds at 1B continue, while our 2'nd best hitter (Davis) gets liberal doses of bench.
Heck, I'd even like to see Nick batting lead-off. Andino isn't doing anything lately, and Avery isn't quite there yet (but hopefully will be in the future). Leading those guys off with JJ #2 is killing this lineup before it ever gets going. Let Nick set the table, "maybe" Avery/Andino (vs LHP) #2 then to "move Nick along" if need be. Then Jones/Davis/Hardy etc...
Geez it would've been nice to have the "old B Rob" back at leadoff. Stick Nick/Adam/Chris/JJ behind him, and this lineup gets out of the gates quick.
I agree there is just no excuse for Adam Jones not batting in the 1st inning. He has to be moved up to 3rd and this is the time to do it. Markakis should bat lead off or 2nd and Davis should bat 4th most nights.
I wouldn't be against batting Hardy lead off. It's not like we are going anywhere if his bat doesn't wake up anyways, maybe at lead off he will concentrate on contact and find his swing.
It's not a perfect righty lefty but this would do IMO
1. Hardy2. Markakis3. Jones4. Davis5-8 Betemit/Thome/Wieters/Reynolds/Pearce9. Flaherty/Andino platoon
edit// I got Davis in LF and Im sending Avery back to the minors. Avery is still a raw prospect, I dn' think he makes a better 4th OF than Pearce in '12 and the better long term answer is for him to keep swinging at AAA.
It really should be something like:
L - Avery - LFL - Markakis - RFR - Jones - CFS - Weiters - CL - Davis - 1BS - Betemit - 3BR - Reynolds - DHR - Hardy - SSL - Flaherty - 2B
(Thome, Andino, Pearce, Paulino until Teagarden is ready)
I don't imagine we'll see much of Reimold or Roberts this year.Chavez stinks and N.Johnson has been replaced by Thome.I don't think Tolleson or other MiLs will help much.
I have never liked Andino at all and it's time to see if Flaherty can play.Avery is the best LF and leadoff batter in the org right now.Betemit is a butcher at 3B but he's hitting and we have too many DH types.
That top 5 could work for years.
For 2013, move Reimold to DH, Betemit to the bench, get a real 3B, and jettison the junk.
MY Line-up with what we have(best defense) 1 Avery LF2 Markakis RF3 Jones CF4 Davis 1B5 Wieters C6 Hardy SS7 Reynolds DH8 Flaherty 3B9 Andino 2B