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  1. Interesting article. I think the Cubs have a generally tough lineup to figure out where they should hit.

    SS Starlin Castro
    CF Marlon Byrd
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    1B Xavier Nady
    LF Alfonso Soriano
    RF Tyler Colvin
    C Geovany Soto
    2B Blake DeWitt

    I might do something like that.. though I don’t want to hit Nady 4th. Their players just seem to offer mostly the same (boring) skills.

    Comment by Jim Lahey — August 25, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  2. Ghost-ride the whip! Well played.

    Comment by @ajwalsh08 — August 25, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  3. “Samuel quickly moved Miguel Tejada from fourth in the lineup to second; a move that totally makes sense given Tejada‚Äôs proficiency in reaching base.”

    Ummmm… what? Tejada posted a .308 OBP with the O’s this season, and that number was .299 when Juan Samuel wrote his name in the second slot on June 4. Please turn your calendar from 2007 to 2010.

    Comment by Mitch — August 25, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  4. Mitch, I’ve linked to a resource that I think will help you understand RJ’s analysis:

    Comment by Ben — August 25, 2010 @ 9:11 am

  5. Quick, someone tell the Cubs (again) that Soto is having a tremendous year.

    Seriously, 8th?

    Comment by fenwik — August 25, 2010 @ 9:13 am

  6. “Not the best of ideas considering one has to Photoshop Kendall on base in order for the image to exist.”

    That’s the best baseball line I’ve read all year.

    Comment by Osc — August 25, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  7. Classic.

    I, also, wondered how many new readers to FG would pick up on that point.

    It’s because of Tejada’s outstanding plate discipline that he’s able to draw so many walks. He graudauted with honors from the Guerrero School of Swinging Restraint.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — August 25, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  8. Good to see Mike Quade hates Geo just as much as Sweet Lou did. Probably because they think he’s a pot smoking hippie.

    Comment by Greg — August 25, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  9. When I saw DeWitt replacing Colvin, I thought Quade was emphasizing OBP – then saw Soto still at the bottom. Oh well, small victory, I guess.

    Comment by KG — August 25, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  10. Dave Trembley not Dan. Otherwise, great piece.

    Comment by jesse — August 25, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  11. Oh, throwing sarcasm at O’s player. How original.

    Comment by SeanP — August 25, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

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