September 28, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) celebrates with first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) after hitting a two run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Batting Order Options Reply

I am guessing you guys have seen Lee’s post on different lineup possibilities. If you haven’t than you can check it out here. Lee’s opinion on batting order are a bit different than mine and I thought it would be a good idea to give you my thoughts.

  • Bourn
  • Prado
  • Jones
  • McCann
  • Uggla
  • Freeman
  • Heyward
  • Pastornicky

Like Lee said this is a traditional lineup and one that I think we should expect to see at the beginning of the year. Bourn is not going to move out of the leadoff spot unless he gets injured and I agree with that. Next is the lineup that I would prefer to see if everyone is hitting like they should be.

  • Bourn
  • Prado
  • Heyward
  • McCann
  • Uggla
  • Freeman
  • Jones
  • Pastornicky

Some of you may freak out seeing Chipper batting 7th but I feel like his time in the three hole is about over. Both Heyward and McCann are better fits for the spot in my opinion. Here is another option for the lineup I would like to see.

  • Bourn
  • Jones
  • McCann
  • Uggla
  • Freeman
  • Prado
  • Heyward
  • Pastornicky

This lineup takes advantage of Chipper’s OBP high in the order. It is something I would like to see tried out near the beginning of the season because Heyward should be moved into the heart of the order if he starts hitting well. Lastly I am going to show you guys what the Book says about lineups.

  • Heyward
  • Chipper
  • Uggla
  • McCann
  • Freeman
  • Bourn
  • Prado
  • Pastornicky

I understand the concepts used in this process but they are never going to happen. Most managers today wouldn’t use this lineup because of McCann (L), Freeman (L), and Bourn (L). This lineup could be decent but I would rather have a consistent lineup and I feel like any of the other three lineups give you that.

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