We Have A Bradley-Less Lineup!

Now, we just have to wait and see if it sticks.

For shits and giggles, before I reveal the true identity of tonight’s lineup; here’s my prediction for what the Everyday Lineup will be going forward:

1.  Ichiro
2.  Chone Figgins
3.  Jack Cust
4.  Miguel Olivo
5.  Justin Smoak
6.  Left Fielder
7.  Jack Wilson
8.  Brendan Ryan
9.  Michael Saunders

That isn’t what tonight’s lineup is, but it’s damn close.  Adam Kennedy is playing tonight, so that throws things a little bit.  For some reason, Wedge likes Kennedy in the upper half of the lineup; don’t ask me why!  When Wilson starts, though, I bet you whoever’s playing left field (until Guti comes back) will be batting in the 6-hole.

Anyway, I still think mine will be right in the long run, but here’s what it’s looking like tonight:

1.  Ichiro
2.  Chone Figgins
3.  Justin Smoak
4.  Miguel Olivo
5.  Jack Cust
6.  Adam Kennedy
7.  Carlos Peguero (Left Field)
8.  Brendan Ryan
9.  Michael Saunders

What everyone wanted to know was:  what to do about Smoak?  I was SURE they’d leave well enough alone for the entire season, but no.  Will this pull him out of his comfort zone?  I sure as shit hope not; but if his average drops 30 points, I guarantee a return to the 5-hole will transpire immediately.

And, not for nothin’, but when Guti comes back, I think that’ll happen anyway.

I dunno.  I like MY lineup!  Ichiro and Cust are on-base machines, plain and simple.  Figgins isn’t totally worthless (yet), and Olivo … Olivo is like your significant other’s annoying cat.  Whenever you go over to her apartment, the cat is always there, scratching you, crapping in your shoe while you sleep over, generally making your life miserable.  BUT, if you want this thing to go anywhere, you just have to accept the annoying cat and move on with your life.  Miguel Olivo batting Cleanup is that annoying cat.  He ain’t goin’ anywhere, so get used to it.

Essentially, the crux of my argument is:  Jack Cust should be batting before Justin Smoak.  With his on-base percentage, Cust is still a somewhat useful cog.  With more guys on base for Smoak, the more use you’re going to get out of his doubles and home run power.  Think about it.

I’m not gonna gripe too much, though, because today is the first day of the rest of my life without Milton Bradley.  I’m going to cherish it.

One thought on “We Have A Bradley-Less Lineup!

  1. Unfortunately, we still have Jack Cust. I would have much rather had Bradley than Cust. At least Bradley has hit a home run (exactly why we got Cust to begin with) and can play the field….and even though his antics weren’t professional…they were at least more entertaining than the lard that sits watching strikes which calls himself Jack Cust.

    Unfortunately….we have too many broken ladders and would need to clean house even more than this.

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