When Pat Burrell and Jason Bartlett return from the DL, who do you feel should be batting 5th behind Carlos Pena?(answers)
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Regardless of whether or not Upton is finally rounding into form Bartlett should be leading-off, but since Maddon won’t take Upton out of that spot it only makes sense to have Bartlett in the 9-hole as a lead-off to the lead-off… Burrell 5, Zobrist 6
Until his BA comes back to earth, I like Bartlett higher in the order only because the #9 hitter is guaranteed the fewest PAs.
Pena gives protection to Longo. Burrell to Pena. Bartlett to Burrell. Zobrist to any body near his bat. All this guys can slug over .500 and take some walks.
I start drooling at the potential offense the middle of the lineup can bring when it is healthy and productive.
Burrell needs to be in the Five hole. It makes more sense when you are thinking of a opposing manager’s view. You have a R-Longo, L-Pena, R-Burrell, S- Zobrist, and R- Barty. That’s a good looking line-up. It’s looking a lot brighter for the Rays come Friday.
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