Re: Who's the leadoff hitter?
Jay Bruce. I really, REALLY hate to admit it, but I am really starting to think the squire is on to something with the pitcher in the number 8 hole. Bring up Bruce and hit him leadoff playing centerfield, put Keppinger in the number 9 hole so he is on base 35-38% of the time when Jay comes up later in the ballgame. Move Votto up in the order right behind Dunn. Seperate Jr. and Dunn with Edwin, who will be hitting well enough to justify that move soon enough. I like Phillips hitting second, despite the double play numbers. Bruce will hit enough extra base hits to diminish that number.
It's kind of a crapshoot. But, when you look at what has happened so far, it is the lineup that is absolutely killing this team. We are leading the league in strikeouts, and the bullpen is getting the job done better than a much improved rotation. That's the facts.
It's time to make some radical moves to this lineup before we find ourselves in deep bovine scathology. Personally, I am running out of ways to justify the remarkable secondary skills of Corey Patterson.