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Lineup update: The first game of the spring is a week from today and the A's starting lineup will have an interesting look. Macha said he's planning to have Kotsay, Kendall and Erubiel Durazo, all high on-base percentage guys, hitting 1-2-3 ahead of Chavez, and Hatteberg hitting behind Chavez. That lines up three lefties in a row, Durazo, Chavez and Hatteberg.
You can afford to experiment with different line-ups in Spring Training. They could bat Chavez 9th and Scutaro clean-up for all it matters.
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I would like to see byrnes high like in the 2 hole. I wouldn't mind seeing Kendall in the 3 and then Chavey in the 4. That would give us Byrnes with hr power in 2, Kendall high OBP at 3 (little power) and Chavey with power in 4.
Yeh, this is no new revelation. Been speculating for a week now, that Kotsay, Kendall, Durazo will be hitting ahead of Chavey. I'd rather see Crosby or Byrnes hitting behind Chavez though. But undoutbedly, there will be considerable experimenting throughout the spring. I just hope by the time the season starts Macha has a set lineup (unlike two years ago) and somehow we can do better than Hattey following Chavez in the order. I'd rather see Hattey hit 2nd with Durazo behind Chavez, if none of the righties can carry the spot.
i"m getting excited
bottom line-chavvy could drive in a TON of runs in 05.
I don't think Chavy should be in the # 3 spot period. He is waaaay to inconsistent. I think last year, when Chavy was hurt, and Kotsay hit 3rd, we were the productive from that position. Also, screw the Righty-Lefty mix up...Just let em hit..
I would keep Kotsay at lead off spot, and with the depth of this team, there are many possiblities. Here is my ideal 'A' lineup: and 'B' lineup.
Why would scooter or ellis bat before Byrnes? That doesn't make sense to me.
Scutaro in any line-up doesn't make any sense. Ellis' shoulder is fully healed, so they say, so the odds of "Scooter" making the team are slim. Ginter/Ellis should be a decent enough offense/defense platoon.
They like to hit Byrnes 9th because that is often like a 2nd leadoff spot ... so you have speed going into the (legitimate) leadoff spot.
Wow, still think it's weird Scooter doesn't get any props....why do you all think he is so bad? Why do you think there is NO way he will make the team??
Methinks they are (secretly) hoping Ellis needs a little more priming (from his injury) so he can open at AAA, while they decide where they are going to go btw. bench and pen. Although they will not need a 5th starter until a couple weeks (at least) into the season ... maybe longer depending on how cooperative the Baltimore weather is the first week. So it is definitely likely their 5th starter will open the season at AAA, which will allow them a little more time re how many relievers they are going to carry. That will (obviously) affect whether they carry all three 2b ... and for how long, of course.
don't forget the Bocachica - he's got a good shot.
Barring an injury I think the bench is set in stone with Melhuse, Ginter/Ellis, Thomas, and Kielty. I see almost no chance the A's don't take 12 pitchers.
According to both Beane & Macha at FanFest, the "swing spot" on the roster will almost definitely go to a pitcher. The concern is with the youth and uncertainty of the projected staff, and their desire to change pitchers during an ineffective performance before they lose confidence in themselves.
I feel bad for Scooter because as well as he filled in last year, he has to be 3rd on that list once Ellis is fully "back." Ginter provides too much offense not to play him.
you know what I like Scooter, the guy hit over .270 had some big hits for us and yeah his OBP wasn't that great but he played solid defense. i think elly will start at AAA to get his strike back.
Chavez needs protection or he'll lead the league in intentional walks. By the numbers, Byrnes offers the best protection against lefties, but I don't see opposing managers being especially worried about him, until they get burned repeatedly. Against righties, I think Durazo has to bat behind Chavez. That either puts Chavez in the #3 spot, or they do a Kendall, Thomas, Kotsay order (assuming Thomas is for real). Or they go Kotsay, Kendall, Hatteberg. Hatte hit well with guys in scoring position, but he's not going to offer enough protection if they bat him behind Chavez.
He's a versatile player - a player that typically sneaks into our lineup somehow - if even as a back up - and does some great things. Just watch.
Unless there's an injury he has no shot of making the team. Doesn't seem like anything more than a 4-A palyer anyways. He turns 29 on Friday.
"Macha said the team could carry 12 pitchers to start the season." According to Roderick's short hops, cctimes. Also a comment that one of those who don't make starter ... Etherton, Meyer or Blanton could be in the pen. Actually, I can't see them putting Meyer or Blanton in the pen. I would think if either don't make the rotation (especially Meyer) they will go to Sacto where they can get regular work. Of course, it is unlikely they will need a 5th starter for at least the first couple weeks, anyway. But I would think they would take an early look at another reliever before keeping those two starters up here.
If Meyer doesn't make the rotation there's no reason to put him in the pen and get the clock started early on his service years. If he comes up in the middle of the year then this year wouldn't count as one of his six pre-FA years.
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