I liked yesterday's batting order. For the first time all year, Dick Tracy put out a batting lineup that actually made sense, one very close to what bloggers and seamheads have been crying for. They actually score six runs, three in the first, and Tracy throws cold water all over it (quotes courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):"For a short period of time, it behooves us to move him down," Tracy said yesterday morning. "Lately (Jack Wilson)'s not been getting on base. He hasn't drawn any walks.
"It's not the lineup you want to stick with. There are flaws to this one, too. There isn't any base-stealing speed up at the top. Is it perfect? No. But it's something else to try.
"We're just trying to get something going at the top of our lineup [and] see if we can't get something going offensively. It's the one thing right now that is holding our ballclub up."Yeah, we don't want to "stick with" what works. We don't want baseRUNNERS at the top, we want basestealers that don't get on base.
He'd been batting Bautista 8th most of the time, so simply swapping him and Jack Wilson was genius in itself. By genius I mean obvious. Now if they would just switch Bautista and Sanchez in the field we might have some defense too.