Is it Too Early to Discuss Batting Orders?

Yeah, it’s still February, but this story on Coco Crisp (a nice piece from the #1 hater of us "kids") contains a nugget of information buried deep down near the end.  Tito plans on a 1-2 of Lugo-Youkilis, with Coco towards the bottom of the order.  What are we going to complain about now!?

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  • Lou Frazier says Crisp was a “puppy” — kids love puppies.
    In other news, I noticed this morning that El Guapo is coming back to New England — he signed with the Nashua Pride of the Can Am League.

    pastorsteve February 21, 2007, 8:37 am
  • You think Terry’s been a quiet visitor here? ha.

    Brad February 21, 2007, 8:37 am
  • this development could give yf’s like me the opportunity to dump on you about the coco v. damon debate, but i’m not going to…with lugo and youkilis [a favorite of mine] at the top of the order, it gives you the advantage of having another top of the order-type guy in the latter part of your lineup…a guy who when healthy can get on and steal some bases…i think that works…

    dc February 21, 2007, 8:56 am
  • Maybe he’ll still be batting Lugo first when he’s hitting .250 and CoCo’s batting something like .290/.350/.430.

    Andrew February 21, 2007, 9:09 am
  • Ex Yankees Players Sheff and Bubba rips the Yankees and Joe.
    Gary Sheffield rips Joe. Sheffield said Joe Torre took the fire out of him.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/02212007/sport…king.htm?page=0
    In the Other Article Hall of Famer Bubba Crosby rips Yankees
    http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar…/702210327/1027

    Asheron February 21, 2007, 9:21 am
  • Andrew, what do you base this on? The few months with the Dodgers, or your own hopes?

    Brad February 21, 2007, 9:35 am
  • Healthy and playing to their level, the Red Sox have a really strong lineup, I’m looking forward to it. First ST game in 7 days!!!!!

    LocklandSF February 21, 2007, 9:36 am
  • Here’s to hoping Sheff has a career year this year. To me, I couldn’t be happier with THAT move. A Sheffield-less lineup is a lot less scary to me – especially at Fenway.

    Brad February 21, 2007, 9:37 am
  • Lockland, I actually like the balance between defense, hitting, and pitching this year. I don’t think there is a clear and concise advantage anywhere, and if there is, it’s pitching. Of course all this is a potential based prediction, but what the hell good is a lineup if noone can get you out of the fifth inning? A: You win a ton of games 10-2 and get eliminated early.

    Brad February 21, 2007, 9:40 am
  • Baseball Prospectus Nate Silver says Jeter’s defense is overrated.
    http://baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=215

    Asheron February 21, 2007, 9:47 am
  • Whooaaaa, there Asheron. We’re walking on very, very thin ice with that one. You may as well slap the pope right in the teeth if you’re going to link that story. It’s craziness, buddy.

    Brad February 21, 2007, 9:52 am
  • Jeter won two consecutive gold glove awards. I voted Jeter’s for the rawling glove award balloting. I don’t care what Nate Silver thinks and have to say How’s overrated Jeter’s defense is.

    Asheron February 21, 2007, 9:58 am
  • gotcha.

    Brad February 21, 2007, 10:22 am
  • my head hurts.

    Yankee Fan In Boston February 21, 2007, 10:32 am
  • Back away. Slowly.

    Paul SF February 21, 2007, 10:35 am
  • Brad: both. My own hopes make my prediction hopelessly pessimistic, but please realize that Lugo’s numbers, even without his abysmal platoon performance, are really mediocre. He makes a good number 9 hitter, and I expect that’s where he’ll end up very soon into the season. Ideally for the Sox, Youkilis would lead off and Crisp would bat second.

    Andrew February 21, 2007, 12:10 pm
  • Batting Coco ninth makes sense, like batting Melky ninth — except Melky’s better (Coco couldn’t make the Yankee’s fourth outfielder — ho ho ho).

    john February 21, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • Andrew, the only place Lugo makes a good number nine hitter is in NY. Outside of that All-Star collection of hitters, he’s pretty darn good for anywhere in the lineup in the leauge.. His speed is what makes him nice to have on late in the lineup, but to compare his numbers to only NY, which is not only limited but kind of unrelated, is not accurate of his abiliity. His numbers are actually pretty good, less his platoon situation.
    As a whole, Lugo is a good player anywhere in the lineup outside of power slots. But, if your standard is NY, then yes, you’re right: he would be the number nine hitter.

    Brad February 21, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Actually, he’d be No. 8. Take a way Jeter so Lugo can play, and Mientkewicz remains No. 9.

    Paul SF February 21, 2007, 2:28 pm

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