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Revisiting optimal lineups

Ideas from this post on BTB.  Quick stats on B-Ref.

The quick strategy is that your best 3 hitters should bat 1, 2 and 4.  Next best bats 5th, then 3rd (flipped if the guy going into the 5 hole is a homer-or-nothing guy), then 6-9 as logic dictates (preferring a speed guy at 6).

The Indians top 3 are Choo, Victor and Hafner, but let's assume Grady should be there.  Next up is Garko, then Drubs, with the riff-raff filling out the bottom of the lineup.  I'll give Jhonny the benefit of the doubt and put him atop that list, since we know he's capable.

Here's how I see our best (with Victor behind the plate, Hafner playing, no roster moves) lineup:

1 - Choo (high obp)

2 - Hafner (high obp, could/should be Sizemore)

3 - Garko (cringe - 5th best hitter)

4 - Victor (best hitter with power, could be Hafner)

5 - Sizemore (would be Victor, if Sizemore was 2nd)

6 - Drubs

7 - Jhonny

8 - Francisco

9 - Carbuena

When Shoppach plays and bumps Francisco, I'd leave him 8th.  If he bumps Garko, I guess Jhonny would be 3rd? And Francisco/Shoppach 7th or 8th is a wash.

What does everybody think?  Personal catchers aside, who should trot out behind Lee tonight?

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