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#1 caninatl04

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 05:04 PM

Here is a first guess as to the opening day / everyday batting order.

I think of this as a jumping off point and invite iterations.

Two assumption:

1. No new (important) batters are signed, and
2. (BIG assumption) Bux and Sano have great spring trainings.

Here we go:

Buxton CF
Polanco SS
Rosario LF
Sano 3B
Cruz DH
Cron 1B
Kepler RF
Castro C
Schoop 2B


(Of course, if both Bux and Sano don't:

Polanco SS
Schoop 2B
Rosario LF
Cruz DH
Cron 1B
Kepler RF
Sano 3B
Castro C
Buxton CF)

Thoughts?
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#2 beckmt

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 05:09 PM

Buxton

Polonco

Sano

Rosario

Cruz

Kepler

Cron

Castro

Schoop

 

This makes it tough to use One out relievers for more than 1 batter.

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#3 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 05:50 PM

Even if Buxton and Sano have great spring trainings I’m still opening the season with this lineup.

Kepler
Polanco
Rosario
Cruz
Schoop
Sano
Cron
Buxton
Castro
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:00 PM

This team is going to be a strange mix of great outfield defense and terrible infield defense. 

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:06 PM

Even if Buxton and Sano have great spring trainings I’m still opening the season with this lineup.

Kepler
Polanco
Rosario
Cruz
Schoop
Sano
Cron
Buxton
Castro


Man. 5 righties in a row. Then left, left, switch, left from 9-3.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:11 PM

this is always a fun exercise. FWIW, I had:

SS- [S] Polanco
1B- [R] Cron
LF- [L] Rosario
DH- [R] Cruz
3B- [R] Sano
RF- [L] Kepler
2B- [R] Schoop
C- [L] Castro
CF- [R] Buxton
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#7 caninatl04

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:11 PM

Man. 5 righties in a row. Then left, left, switch, left from 9-3.


So, what would be your guess? I'm hoping to collate the responses.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:28 PM

 

This team is going to be a strange mix of great outfield defense and terrible infield defense. 

While Sano and Polanco will both likely be below average defenders, from what I've read Cron and Schoop are above average fielders. I was looking through Fangraphs' fielding metrics and Cron ranked in the top 30% for most of them.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:30 PM

Buxton should be at the bottom of the order until he gets comfortable at the plate.

 

Polanco should be the leadoff hitter.

 

The middle of this lineup will be dangerous.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 07:32 PM

 

this is always a fun exercise. FWIW, I had:

SS- [S] Polanco
1B- [R] Cron
LF- [L] Rosario
DH- [R] Cruz
3B- [R] Sano
RF- [L] Kepler
2B- [R] Schoop
C- [L] Castro
CF- [R] Buxton

My thoughts, too (almost). I'd swap Kepler and Cron. I might even push Schoop to 8th or 9th if he hits like he did last year.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 08:35 PM

An exercise in futility because who knows how well each guy will perform, much less what Rocco has in mind. But a fun exercise!

Actually was thinking about this today before I even saw the thread. My first, initial thoughts:

1] Polanco
2] Kepler
3] Cruz
4] Rosario
5] Sano
6] Cron
7] Schoop
8] Garver/Castro
9] Buxton

Initially, makes the most sense to me, though I dislike to man RH hitters in a row.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 10:40 PM

OBP Last Year / OBP Career
1 Polanco 345 329
2 Cruz 342 342
3 Rosario 323 312
4 Sano 281 336
5 Cron 323 311
6 Kepler 319 313
7 Schoop 266 294
8 Buxton 183 285
9 Castro 257 311

 

This line-up assumes Sano resembles himself before the leg injury. Buxton needs to earn his way to the top of the order during the regular season. The reason I put Cruz in #2 spot is because I don't want anyone hitting in the 2 hole with a below average OBP(MLB avg is 320). This also makes for a nice Right/Left balance.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 11:00 PM

 

this is always a fun exercise. FWIW, I had:

SS- [S] Polanco
1B- [R] Cron
LF- [L] Rosario
DH- [R] Cruz
3B- [R] Sano
RF- [L] Kepler
2B- [R] Schoop
C- [L] Castro
CF- [R] Buxton

This is a far better lineup than the OP having Buxton in leadoff. Polanco is the closest we have to a leadoff guy.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 11:49 PM

OBP Last Year / OBP Career
1 Polanco 345 329
2 Cruz 342 342
3 Rosario 323 312
4 Sano 281 336
5 Cron 323 311
6 Kepler 319 313
7 Schoop 266 294
8 Buxton 183 285
9 Castro 257 311
 
This line-up assumes Sano resembles himself before the leg injury. Buxton needs to earn his way to the top of the order during the regular season. The reason I put Cruz in #2 spot is because I don't want anyone hitting in the 2 hole with a below average OBP(MLB avg is 320). This also makes for a nice Right/Left balance.


I get it. But I just don't see Cruz hitting 2nd. There has to be someone...not sure who yet, could be a surprise with Rocco in charge...to team with Polanco who could give Cruz more RBI opportunities.
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Posted 04 January 2019 - 07:13 AM

Cruz should be batting 3rd, not 5th.

 

Polanco S
Rosario L
Cruz R
Cron R
Kepler L
Sano R
Garver R / Castro L

Schoop R 
Buxton R 

 

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 08:50 AM

SS- [S] Polanco
LF- [L] Rosario

DH- [R] Cruz

1B- [R] Cron
RF- [L] Kepler

3B- [R] Sano
C- [L/R] Castro/Garver

2B- [R] Schoop
CF- [R] Buxton

 

A lot of righty's at the bottom of the order versus lefty's. But would like some speed at the bottom hitting ahead of Buxton, that's why the catchers aren't hitting lower. Sano and Buxton should move up subject to performance. Lineup should mash a lot of taters though.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 09:14 AM

The preferred lineup would be if all of the "ifs" have positive answers - then the following:

Buxton

Polanco

Sano

Rosario

Cruz

Cron

Kepler

Schoop

Garver

 

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 10:25 AM

 

An exercise in futility because who knows how well each guy will perform, much less what Rocco has in mind. But a fun exercise!

Actually was thinking about this today before I even saw the thread. My first, initial thoughts:

1] Polanco
2] Kepler
3] Cruz
4] Rosario
5] Sano
6] Cron
7] Schoop
8] Garver/Castro
9] Buxton

Initially, makes the most sense to me, though I dislike to man RH hitters in a row.

 

 

This is what the lineup should look like most days. Polanco and Kepler are good top of the order guys followed with the Twins two best hitters and then some righty lefty mixes.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 10:54 AM

Polanco (S)

Cron ®

Cruz ®

Rosario (L)

Sano ®

Kepler (L)

Garver ®

Schoop ®

Buxton ®

 

Cron batted 2nd quite a bit last year and this team looks to be following TB's lead in a lot of areas. Schoop probably swaps with the catcher spot when Casto plays, but with only two regular lefties in the lineup I'd sandwich them around Sano to try to limit the pitching changes to the flawed but powerful hitter.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 11:38 AM

SS Polanco S
3B Astudillo R
LF Rosario L
DH Cruz R
1B Sano R
CF Cave L
2B Schoop R
RF Kepler L
C Castro L

Cron PH for Castro and plays first while Sano moves to 3B, or is subbed out for Adrianza, and Astudillo moves to C.
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