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The Perfect Lineup

Posted on: February 22, 2010 4:51 am
 
If you could use the enitre Major League as your player pool, what would be your perfect lineup??  For argument's sake, let's choose all 8 defensive positions, DH (anyone not already selected), 5 starters and a closer:

1)  Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2)  Joe Mauer, C
3)  Albert Pujols, 1B
4)  Ryan Howard, DH
5)  Alex Rodriguez, 3B
6)  Ryan Braun, LF
7)  Chase Utley, 2B
8)  Hanley Ramirez, SS
9)  Grady Sizemore, CF

SP - Tim Lincecum
SP - Roy Halladay
SP - Chris Carpenter
SP - CC Sabathia
SP - Cliff Lee
Closer - Mariano Rivera

The hardest cut was, of course, DH -- for me, it came down to Howard, Fielder and Justin Morneau -- really can't go wrong.
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Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 6:29 pm
 

The Perfect Lineup

2009 - Dan Haren's league rank was:
1st in WHIP (1.003),
2nd in K/BB (5.87),
3rd in BB/9 (1.5),
9th in hits per 9 (7.5), and
12th in K/9 (8.8)

2008 - Dan Haren's league rank was:
7th in WHIP (1.130),
2nd in K/BB (5.15),
7th in BB/9 (1.7),
33rd in hits per 9 (8.5), and
8th in K/9 (8.8)

2007 - Dan Haren's league rank was:
16th in WHIP (1.208),
13th in K/BB (3.49),
19th in BB/9 (2.2),
28th in hits per 9 (8.6), and
18th in K/9 (7.8)

He is the model of consistency in the majors and his numbers have only improved over the years. He is top 10 caliber pitcher, possibly even top 5.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 1:11 pm
 

The Perfect Lineup

Great point about Dan Haren -- he gets no love and dude is a stud!



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 12:54 pm
 

The Perfect Lineup

Wow, this is an amazing lineup. I can't say I argue, but for argument sake, I would set it up like this.

1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Hanley Ramirez, DH
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Joe Mauer, C
6. Jose Reyes, SS - manufactures runs with speed
7. Chase Utley, 2B
8. Torii Hunter, CF - instincts in the outfield, solid hitter
9. Carl Crawford, LF - power and speed

As you can tell, I like the small ball ability of the speed guys in the lineup.

SP. Roy Halladay
SP. Tim Lincecum
SP. Cliff Lee
SP. Josh Beckett - clutch
SP. Dan Haren - highly underrated
CL. Mariano Rivera

I think having some playoff proven pitchers in any rotation is a must. I also like high strikeout numbers along with low walk and hit ratios.

I don't think you can go wrong with any differing opinions, but there are a few unanimous decisions, like Pujols, Lincecum, and Halladay.


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