I was driving around this morning (I do my best thinking while driving) and I had a thought about how I’d set up the batting order. The most interesting thing is also the first thing.
1. Ike Davis/Lucas Duda and Josh Satin.
I know, “these are home run hitters, they should bat with someone on base.”
Here’s the problem, none of these guys have shown more than 15 HR power in the last 3 years. They have shown the ability to get on base.
As for getting guys on base ahead of them in case they reach their homer potentials, well… I’ll get that later.
This one is hard to argue. He doesn’t hit for power but he does hit. Doubles are great here.
3. David Wright
Put the best hitter third. Check.
Granderson will be feared a bit more than Marlon Byrd. But we’ll have to see how much. Granderson and Wright and are about even on power.
5. Chris Young
This is assuming a bounce back. Hopefully.
Also assuming he steps up to be a real life hitter.
7. Juan Lagares
Is he gonna hit? Setting out this lineup has made me a little pessimistic about our hitting prospects.
8. Ruben Tejada
If we’re looking at the .300 hitter, I’d consider hitting him 9th.
9. Pitcher/Eric Young Jr.
I don’t like the speester’s bat enough to give him the nod over the Lagares. But he is the next best bat off the bench. I’d use him in this second leadoff spot over whichever of the 1b trio isn’t starting.
Here’s to dreaming of a lineup that includes someone like them or JJ Hardy at short.