2B Aaron Miles
CF Joey Gathright
1B Derrek Lee
3B Aramis Ramirez
RF MIlton Bradley
LF Alfonso Soriano
C Geovany Soto
SS Ryan Theriot
SP Carlos Zambrano
The top of that order just oozes intimidation. Sullivan still sees Lee has a viable number three hitter and places Bradley in the 5 hole, after his most successful season ever in which he batted cleanup for Texas.
Things I liked:
-Soriano batting 6th; now whether or not that would be beneficial to him, and whether he has the patience to acclimate to that role (I suppose we could say the same about Lou) remains to be seen, but I think Soriano not batting leadoff is worth a shot, although there are arguments to keep him there.
-The bottom half- Soriano being protected by Geo seems reasonable, and Theriots patience behind Soto should also help, but how many times will Soto be stranded on base with Theriot-P-Miles behind him? Perhaps another argument for Fonzie staying at no 1. But as Sullivans is constructed, 4-7 contains a lot of power.
Things I didnt like
-Lee in the three hole. Ramirez would seem perfect for this role, he can hit for power and average and has ample plate discipline
-Bradley batting 5th- If this holy quest for a left handed hitter is to be fulfilled, why not go R-S-R in the 3-4-5 spots; Ramirez-Bradley-Lee/Soriano?
-Joey Gathright- I was under the impression they were using a Reed Johnson/Kosuke Fukudome platoon in CF- so Sullivan has 15M dollars worth of Outfielders riding the pine on opening day
And I sincerely hope Aaron Miles isnt our starting second baseman, think of how much better that lineup would look with Roberts in there.
So whats everyone elses take on Sullivans lineup?