Proposed Lineup

It won’t be anything close to this, but here is a lineup proposal for Willie Randolph for tonight’s game vs. Anthony Reyes:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Paul LoDuca C
3. Carlos Beltran CF
4. David Wright 3B
5. Shawn Green 1B
6. Jose Valentin LF
7. Ruben Gotay 2B
8. Carlos Gomez RF
9. Tom Glavine P

Now the explanations.

Green goes up to fifth because he’s one of the few guys on the team willing to go deep into counts, and the Mets need to work Anthony Reyes early to drive up his pitch total (he will get up to 70-75 by the third if given the chance). Gotay is in the lineup for the same reason, but also because he is the only second baseman on the roster who has something resembling range and is 100% healthy.

Gomez plays against the righty because his speed alone creates opportunities, regardless of who is on the mound. He will also allow Beltran to cover some of the range Valentin will be lacking in left.

Valentin plays left because you want his bat in the lineup, and because his mobility is not as much an issue in the outfield as it is at second base.

Delgado sits for obvious reasons.

Overall, that lineup is fairly solid defensively, with Valentin in left the only possible issue. But in actuality, Valentin is a better than average defender in leftfield, and teaming Green and Gotay on the right side of the infield immediately improves any combination of Valentin/Easley/Delgado.

Agree? Disagree? Better ideas? Post your comments.

… update …

So here was the actual lineup:

1. Reyes SS
2. LoDuca C
3. Beltran CF
4. Wright 3B
(so far so good!)
5. Delgado 1B
(um …)
6. Green RF
7. Easley 2B
8. Gomez LF
9 Glavine P

Well, Willie almost got it right. But what is with Easley in the lineup? I’m writing this before he comes to bat, so surely he’ll prove me wrong and go 1-for-5 with a 2-run homer. However, I really must, at this juncture, question Randolph’s rationale (and intelligence). Did someone give him a scouting report that said Anthony Reyes converted to a lefty? Why else would he sit Valentin to play Easley and not the switch-hitting Gotay?

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  1. sincekindergarten June 27, 2007 at 5:20 pm
    I’d love to see this.

    That means I won’t.

    At least there’s one constant in life!

  2. JIMMYJ723 June 27, 2007 at 8:58 pm
    Willie has an obsession with Lefty-Righty matchups. That is the only logic he uses when he sets the lineup everyday. You will rarely (if ever) see two rightys or two leftys hit back to back in a Willie Randolph lineup.
  3. joe June 27, 2007 at 9:39 pm
    I agree wholeheartedly with Willie’s fixation on lefty-righty — Tony LaRussa exposed it by sending up lefty Chris Duncan to pinch-hit against Ollie Perez, knowing full well that 1. Ollie was exhausted; and 2. Willie would leave Ollie in regardless to face the lefty.

    Which makes it all the more head-scratching that Willie did not start Gotay tonight against the RHP Reyes, instead opting for the righty-swinging Easley.