After tonight that will likely fall even lower. In my search for an answer as to why the Pirates can't hit the Brewers, I began to play with the idea of mixing up the lineup. With that in mind I thought I'd suggest some changes to tonight's lineup, while keeping all the starters that Russell played tonight.
Here's what I came up with:
- Andrew McCutchen - He's a consumate leadoff hitter
- Akinori Iwamura - He's a solid hit for avg, hit and run, andvance the runner guy
- Ryan Doumit - He's got decent pwr, could see more pitches to hit in front of ...
- Garrett Jones - He's the best cleanup choice in the lineup
- Lastings Milledge - He could also hit 3rd, but has less pwr than Doumit
- Young(LaRoche) - Young's got a decent bat and Andy looked like he was coming 'round
- Ronny Cedeno - light hitting, but may be leadoff in 3rd inn
- Jeff Clement - sure he's got power, but let's "experiment" with him in the back of the order
This is what I would consider a more traditional lineup, but I doubt this lineup could do any worse than the current one. And while I've been interested in having Cutch bat 2nd or even 3rd in the lineup, to maximize our best hitters' output, I also think with the team's batting in recent decline having our most conistent and exciting player get the most AB's could also improve the Bucs scoring average.