Re: Stubbs vs. Votto
I think Rolen is the guy to bat second. He really doesn't have the pop anymore to hit in the middle of the order, but he can handle the bat, get on base and still pose a threat up there. So the top three should be CF (Stubbs/Dickerson), Rolen, Votto. The Next three depend on who is pitching. Against a RHP, Bruce hits 4th, the LH Hitting LF (Francisco or Dorn or maybe Nix) hits 5th and Phillips hits 6th. Against a lefty I'd hit Phillips 4th and Gomes 5th with Bruce 6th. The catcher and SS would hit 7th and 8th depending on who is brought in to man those spots.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
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