New Order?

Let’s indulge in fantasy for a moment.  Imagine, if you will, a time when the Red Sox are completely healthy.  A time when every player that we hope to see in the everyday lineup actually shows up without the flu, without a broken knuckle, or without a bad big toe.  A time when Terry Francona has the ability to really stack things in his favor, if, in fact, he can figure out how to do that.  So what is the batting order on that fantastical, fictional, and far-off day?  Do you bat Youk at leadoff, since he’s been one of the best in the entire Majors at that spot so far?  Or do you put Coco there, since, well, he’s fast, and that’s what you’re supposed to do?  Do you continue to bat Jason Varitek as high as Terry has (making us wonder: is Terry high himself?)?  Or do you put him at the bottom, risking  (boo-hoo!) hurt feelings? 

Here’s my ideal lineup for any given day when you don’t have to worry about the opposing pitcher, head-to-head matchups, lefty-righty splits, or all that nonsense.   And I didn’t use sabermetrics.  Or VORP, or anything else intelligent like that, so take that for what it’s worth.  This is simple armchair quarterbacking based on field observations and not much more.

  1. Youk – how can you not bat the best at a position at that position?
  2. Loretta – seems like he’s got just terrific bat control, a line drive hitter who moves guys along
  3. Papi – obvious – he’s insanely productive, why move him?
  4. Manny – textbook cleanup hitter, though I toyed with moving Youk here, I think he’s that good.
  5. Coco – here’s the unconventional move – he hits for average, he has speed, he switches, I think he’d be great everyday cover for Manny.
  6. Lowell – should be hitting higher than 7th, as he is currently.
  7. Trot/WMP – they would exceed a typical #7’s production
  8. Tek – ditto for a #8 hitter.  Plus he might end up walking more with BB behind him.
  9. Bathroom Break – can he bat 10th?

Am I nuts?  Thoughts?

7 comments… add one
  • OK, so scratch the WMP/Trot platoon, since WMP is out for 6 weeks minimum with a wrist injury.

    SF May 31, 2006, 5:05 pm
  • I am vindicated, finally, for my constant shouts of “They’re not telling us something about WMP’s wrist.”

    Hunter May 31, 2006, 5:26 pm
  • six weeks? i thought it was 15 day DL…
    can choi play right?

    T-SF May 31, 2006, 5:51 pm
  • I always wanted to ask this and now’s my chance. Why bat Ortiz in front of Manny?

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 5:57 pm
  • [as opposed to Manny 3rd, Ortiz 4th]

    yankeemonkey May 31, 2006, 5:58 pm
  • Why not move Lowell to 5th and move Coco to 6th. At the very least, Lowell has “power” and would be able to get some “meat” pitches to hit. Coco would be good against rhp batting 5th to avoid a r-r-r combination right in a row.

    Rob May 31, 2006, 6:11 pm
  • WMP is going to have surgery on the wrist. Repairing his “hamate bone.” Thus the weeks on the DL.

    walein May 31, 2006, 7:27 pm

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