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    Opening Day Lineup

    What are your predictions for Opening Day's lineup? It'll be tough for Dusty to seperate the starting left handers.

    I'll go with:

    CF- Bruce
    2B- Phillips
    RF- Griffey
    LF- Dunn
    3B- Encarnacion
    1B- Votto
    SS- Gonzo
    C- Ross
    P- Harang

    If Bruce isn't with the Reds by Opening Day then I'll say:

    CF- Freel
    3B- Encarnacion
    RF- Griffey
    LF- Dunn
    2B- Phillips
    1B- Votto
    SS- Gonzo
    C- Ross
    P- Harang

    Ross in the 8th spot is a given. 7th spot should be Gonzo. And the 9th spot will be Harang.

    If Bruce isn't around then Freel will be starting Centerfield and batting leadoff.

    I'm sure Dusty will have Griffey batting 3rd and Dunn 4th. Maybe vice versa.

    Really the only problem I see with the Reds lineup is that they don't have a prominant lead off hitter so they're stuck using Freel, who makes too many outs to be a lead off hitter. They could put Phillips at lead off if they have to but that will hurt his RBI numbers and increase his SB numbers slightly.
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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    CF- Hopper
    2B- Phillips
    RF- Griffey
    LF- Dunn
    3B- Encarnacion
    1B- Hatteburg
    SS- Gonzo
    C- Ross
    P- Harang

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    CF-Hopper or Bruce (Freel will be elsewhere by then)
    3B-EE
    RF-Griffey
    2B-Phillips
    LF-Dunn
    1B-Votto
    SS-Gonzalez
    C-Ross
    P-Harang

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaRedleg View Post
    CF-Hopper or Bruce (Freel will be elsewhere by then)

    I like the way you think

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Prediction for Baker's Lineup:
    CF-Freel
    2B-Phillips
    RF-Griffey
    LF-Dunn
    3B-Encarnacion
    1B-Votto
    SS-Gonzo
    C- Ross

    My Opening Day Lineup
    1B- Votto
    3B-Encarnacion
    LF-Dunn
    CF-Bruce
    RF-Griffey
    2B-Phillips
    SS-Gonzo
    C-Ross/Valentin

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by kbrake View Post
    Prediction for Baker's Lineup:
    CF-Freel
    2B-Phillips
    RF-Griffey
    LF-Dunn
    3B-Encarnacion
    1B-Votto
    SS-Gonzo
    C- Ross

    My Opening Day Lineup
    1B- Votto
    3B-Encarnacion
    LF-Dunn
    CF-Bruce
    RF-Griffey
    2B-Phillips
    SS-Gonzo
    C-Ross/Valentin
    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by kbrake View Post
    Prediction for Baker's Lineup:
    CF-Freel
    2B-Phillips
    RF-Griffey
    LF-Dunn
    3B-Encarnacion
    1B-Votto
    SS-Gonzo
    C- Ross

    My Opening Day Lineup
    1B- Votto
    3B-Encarnacion
    LF-Dunn
    CF-Bruce
    RF-Griffey
    2B-Phillips
    SS-Gonzo
    C-Ross/Valentin
    :thumbdown

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by Lockdwn11 View Post
    :thumbdown
    care to explain what you dissaprove of?
    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    care to explain what you dissaprove of?
    Well there is a few things... Votto leading off, I havn't seen enough of him to stick him at the top of the order .I wouldn't have Bruce hitting cleanup(I love the guy but he is yet to have his first ML at-bat) not when I have a guy (Junior) just about to hit his 600th homerun.BP hitting 6th the guy is a 30-30 guy I would have him batting higher than 6th.The problem is we don't have a true leadoff hitter in the lineup if Bruce start but I would rather have no leadoff than no Bruce

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    3rd-Encarnacion
    1B-Votto
    RF-Griffey
    2B-Phillips
    LF-Dunn
    CF-Bruce
    SS-Gonzo
    C-Ross

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Quote Originally Posted by Lockdwn11 View Post
    Well there is a few things... Votto leading off, I havn't seen enough of him to stick him at the top of the order .I wouldn't have Bruce hitting cleanup(I love the guy but he is yet to have his first ML at-bat) not when I have a guy (Junior) just about to hit his 600th homerun.BP hitting 6th the guy is a 30-30 guy I would have him batting higher than 6th.The problem is we don't have a true leadoff hitter in the lineup if Bruce start but I would rather have no leadoff than no Bruce
    Your right we have no leadoff hitter with Bruce in the lineup. Votto is the best option, IMO.

    As for the rest of your problems with the lineup. Jay Bruce still has plenty in his bat. I dont care that Junior is approaching 600 homeruns, he is lucky to have 50 HR's left in that bat. Lets not base our 2008 lineup on who was good in 1998.

    Brandon Phillips might be 30-30 but he is still a hacker that makes entirely too many outs. 6th is perfect for him.

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    For one, Bruce is not leading off. You don't start a rookie at leadoff. It's ludicrous and Dusty Baker isn't that dumb. Also, most of you forgot that BP was very successful in the cleanup spot. Results speak loud.

    1. Hatteberg (1B) .394 2007 OBP
    2. Gonzalez (SS) 107 hits, 6th
    3. Griffey, Jr. (RF) 30 HR, 93 RBI
    4. Phillips (2B) 30 HR, 32 SB
    5. Dunn (LF) 40 HR, 106 RBI
    6. Encarnacion (3B) 145 H, 3rd in the team
    7. Bruce (CF) .925 OPS in AAA
    8. Ross (C) 17 HR, .399 SLG, .590 SBA
    9. Harang (P) 231.2 IP, 218 K, 16 W
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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    CF Freel/Hopper
    2b Brandon Phillips
    RF Ken Griffey
    LF Adam Dunn
    1B Joey Votto
    3b Edwin Encarnacion
    SS Alex Gonzalez
    C David Ross

    I think Bruce will start the year in Louisville, and be called up in June.

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    CF Freel
    1B Votto
    RF Griffey
    2B Phillips
    LF Dunn
    3B Encarnacion
    SS Gonzalez
    C Ross
    P Harang
    I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.

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    Re: Opening Day Lineup

    Votto - jumping on this line of thinking i think
    Encarnacion
    Dunn
    Phillips
    Griffey
    Bruce
    Gonzalez
    Ross
    Harang


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