6/11: Indians vs. Royals

Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET game will air on WTAM and STO.


cle.gifINDIANS (26-35):
LF Ben Francisco, 3B Mark DeRosa, C Victor Martinez, RF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Ryan Garko, 1B Chris Gimenez, 2B Luis Valbuena, CF Trevor Crowe. LHP Jeremy Sowers (1-3, 5.40).

 

 


kc.gifROYALS (25-33):
LF David DeJesus, CF Coco Crisp, 1B Billy Butler, RF Jose Guillen, 2B Alberto Callaspo, DH Brayan Pena, C Miguel Olivo, 3B Willie Bloomquist, SS Tony Pena. RHP Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.55).

5 Comments

One thing I don’t get about the lineups, which I haven’t really seen commented on before, is why is Choo the cleanup hitter? He leads the team in walks by far, gets on base over 40% of the time. He’s got decent power numbers for this team, but with his OBP and the fact that he’s leading the team in SBs wouldn’t it be better to have him hitting before Victor, like 2nd? Cabrera, Choo, Sizemore, Martinez would’ve seemed the logical lineup choice, before Cabrera and Sizemore got hurt, right now, I’d go Francisco, Choo, Martinez, Derosa … or Derosa Martinez, otherwise you have Choo walking, with no one to drive him in

I think AM actually suggested Choo at the #2 spot a while back, and it made sense to me…which is probably why we don’t do it.
DeRosa at 4 would seem like a good move at this point, particularly since I don’t see them moving Victor out of the #3 spot any time soon. Not that they shouldn’t consider it, but you know how this team is when they’ve decided on something.

I did suggested Choo in the 2 hole prior to Sizemore getting moved out of the leadoff spot but I am almost certain that other people either made the same comment or agreed with that lineup at the time. Things have obviously changed now due to injuries. However, I’d still agree with isavage. Move Choo to 2 (after Francisco), VMart 3, DeRosa to 4, Peralta to 5 (it’s June so he’s bound to start hitting .320 like clockwork), and Garko/Gimenez 6.

He’s got decent power numbers for this team, but with his OBP and the fact that he’s leading the team in SBs wouldn’t it be better to have him hitting before Victor, like 2nd? Cabrera, Choo, Sizemore, Martinez would’ve seemed the logical lineup choice, before Cabrera and Sizemore got hurt, right now, I’d go Francisco, Choo, Martinez, Derosa …
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