1 Ruben Tejada
2 Daniel Murphy
3 David Wright
4 Ike Davis
5 Lucas Duda
6 Mike Baxter
7 John Buck
8 Kirk Nieuwenhuis
1 Johan Santana
3 Shaun Marcum
4 Matt Harvey
5 Dillon Gee
Justin TurnerJordany ValdespinCollin Cowgill Brandon Hicks Andrew BrownAnthony ReckerMarlon ByrdTravis d'Arnaud
Bull Pen/ Relievers/ Future Starters
Frank FranciscoBobby ParnellJosh Edgin Brandon LyonLaTroy HawkinsZach Wheeler Robert Carson Elvin Ramirez Jeremy Hefner Aaron LaffeyJenrry Mejia
I'm sure Kershaw, Stassberg, Hamels and the rest are cowering in fear looking at that lineup.
Honestly, we could have a top 10 infield if Wright and Ike put up numbers that they can and Murph and Tejada get on base like we've seen.
Outfield is bad. But if Duda can hit 25+ homers over the season and we get good platoon splits, it's not too bad.
For losing Dickey, we still have a very solid rotation. And that's not even counting Wheeler. Bullpen is full of prospects and older veterans. Should be interesting. I think they can pull off at least average.
All in all, with TDA and Wheeler coming up eventually, we could pull 82-80 and keep ourselves competitive for 2nd wild card till mid september.
I don't sound too crazy, right? ANYONE?!
I think Nieuwenhuis should bat higher in order to extend the lineup a bit. Something like:
1. Tejada2. Nieuwenhuis3. Davis4. Wright5. Murphy6. Duda7. Buck8. Baxter9. Pitcher
PS: I hear Terry considering putting Baxter/Cowgill at lead off depending on pitcher.
I think Tejada is an ideal 2 hitter.
My lineup would be:
Now, I have Murph that low because I think he'd be a great bat late in the order. No disrespect to him at all. Just a strategy.
Things are looking up!
"Honestly, we could have a top 10 infield if Wright and Ike put up numbers that they can and Murph and Tejada get on base like we've seen."
The infield will actually be quite good if all play to their potential.
i also think the lineup will change alot...there will be certain constants
wright will always bat 3rdike will always bat 4th
tejada will bat 1st, 2nd and 8th depending on the rest of the lineup and will start 150+ games if healthy
murphy will bat 5th 6th and 2nd depending on the lineup and will be the starter so long as flores doesnt hit his way into the lineup at 2b
on days that buck catches he will basically bat someplace b/t 6-8 ; he will be the starter until may when hes replaced by tda...he'll then be the back up catcher
once tda comes into the league as the starter, he will bat mostly 6th though he can hit his way into the 5 hole if he does well enough...id prefer him in the 5 hole to get him some protection in the 6 hole
the OF is complicated bc you are talking about 3 spots each day for a crew of up to 7 guys throughout the season easily ...i mean look at the OF options we have on our 40 man going into ST:
Baxter CowgillPuello (not making the team)DudaLagares (not making the team most likely but could possibly see time in CF if the of goes to sh*t)KirkValdespin
then you also have Den Dekker, Brown, Hoffmann & Byrd going to camp w/ a possibility of making the team, while Satin, Bixler, & Lutz (only one on the 40 man) are all being given looks in the of in camp
this isnt even counting turner who is probably a lock to make the team as a utility man, who is now just going to get a chance to get additional playing time in the OF
however, if you were to ask my what my guess would be for the lineup we see MOST OFTEN during the season:
but i doubt we see that exact combination in even 50 games this year bc the lineup will be a total piece work depending on who isin the lineup that day
I'll have one of what he's drinking.
Or is it happy pills?