Evan Longoria, B.J. UptonIf you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.” However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans.

Without further ado…

On the seventh day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, SEVEN GAMES WITH THE SAME LINEUP…

Quick. What was the most common batting order Joe Maddon used in 2012?

  1. Desmond Jennings
  2. Ben Zobrist
  3. Carlos Pena
  4. Evan Longoria
  5. Luke Scott
  6. Matt Joyce
  7. BJ Upton
  8. Jose Molina
  9. Sean Rodriguez

Seems pretty basic for the Rays. And before the season, most of us were pretty excited about a most-days lineup that looked just like that. But even though that was the lineup Maddon used the most, he only used it three* times (3!). Of course, Maddon loves to play matchups. But even he would tell you he would love to have two set lineups (1 vs lefties, 1 vs righties). But thanks in small part to injuries, and in large part to inconsistent bats, Maddon was forced to use 151 different lineups in 162 games.

Maddon is never going to have the luxury of using just two lineups all season long. But if he can get back to using 3-4 lineups at least seven times each, it would be a good start towards finding some consistency offensively.

* There was actually one other lineup Maddon used three times (Jennings-Upton-Joyce-Longo-Zobrist-Keppinger-Pena-Roberts-Molina)

 
 

4 Comments

  1. don says:

    Gotta get a kick, was listening to ML baseball channel the other day, And One of the geniuses said BJ Upton has been a leadoff hitter most of his career…..what?, but he won’t lead off for the Braves.. ….These are the guys people (fans) quote as “experts”

    Maddons funnest part of the Day, is riding his bike with a pencil and lineup card….don’t expect him to write down the same card everyday…. Even Zobrist commented on lack of predictability for the regular players…”hard to get accustomed to certain game situations”

  2. Joe says:

    Can we get a “regular” lineup of Jennings CF – Zobrist 2B – Longoria 3B – Kubel DH(I guess he’s the best bat we can get) Joyce LF – Myers RF – Escobar SS – Loney 1B – Disaster Area C

  3. Dave L says:

    If the Rays could field 6-7 position players with average to plus defense, who were league average hitters at their position, or better, who could hit RHP and LHP equally well…..

    And who didnt go through massive hitting slumps…..

    Then we could trot the same lineup out most nights.

    In 2012 we weren’t even close to that.

    So far for 2013 we have Zobrist, Escobar Longo (if healthy) and DJ who can play every day. Right now they can platoon the rest until someone else proves hes an everyday player.

  4. don says:

    Scary…give me one player (not Zobrist or healthy Longo) when he comes to the plate you say to yourself…”here we go”something (good) will happen…..I don’t see one…

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