For those of you wondering why Willie Bloomquist was batting second today, it’s becasue the team wanted Jose Lopez to hit fifth. He’s been their most productive guy for a while now and Adrian Beltre was supposed to get a full day off to rest. So, it wasn’t because Bloomquist is a great No. 2 hitter. It’s because the team needed a No. 5 guy and their options were limited. Hope that helps.
* You want your best hitters up in the order. If you only did one thing to create a lineup and stacked your guys by goodness, regardless of power/contact/whatever, you’d be pretty close to the best possible one. They get more at-bats. You want your good hitters to get the good at-bats.
* If McLaren was entirely serious about that justification, he doesn’t understand the simplest thing about how to put a lineup together, is entirely unqualified for his job, and should be fired immediately.
* They pinch-hit with Beltre, so that full day of rest thing didn’t quite work out (not that I disagree with pinch-hitting him).
* Lopez is not the team’s most productive hitter lately. It’s Jeremy Reed, or Ibanez, or Ichiro.
* Or if you want the last month, it’s Betancourt (seriously, check out the last 30 day splits)
* Unless you’re evaluating productivity by some strange standard besides “hitting” which is the only thing that should matter in a lineup.
* It still makes absolutely no sense, if you’re going to stick the guy you think is the best hitter in the #5 slot (which itself makes no sense) to stick two absolute offensive sink holes into the #2 and #3 spots. Why not just go up before the game, set fire to your lineup card, and then go tell Felix he’ll have to allow -1 runs if he wants the win?
Someone please fire McLaren and lower the city’s blood pressure. It’ll save lives. I’m serious.