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Batting Order Banter

by Mike DePilla
Monday, April 26, 2010
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Ozzie Guillen may finally be coming around to the realization that a .140-hitting catcher with no speed, power or patience shouldn't be hitting 5th in the batting order. Eureka!

From today's Trib:

"I might move (Mark) Teahen up in A.J.'s spot and move A.J. down," [Guillen] said. "If I do that, I don't want those guys to feel I don't have confidence in them. But when the manager changes the lineups and moves people, that's for a reason. I have a couple days to think about it."

I've been suggesting moving Teahen even higher than fifth- all the way to the top of the line up where his surprising OBP is most needed. However, as JJ from White Sox Examiner points out, Guillen is unlikely to mess with Juan Pierre, so maybe the number two spot is the best case scenario for Teahen.

No matter what the line up, it was sure nice to see the Sox take all three from the Mariners this past weekend. There are reasons to doubt the team's ability to stage such a power show moving forward (seven dingers in a three-game series might not be bested all season), but it was a thing of beauty for at least one weekend.

They take to the road starting tomorrow night in Texas, looking to improve on a 2-5 away mark so far this year.


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