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Playing A Little Pepper

Carlos Pena is batting leadoff tonight. Is this the right move?

Well, what ‘Los really needs is Evan Longoria in the lineup. Before Longo got hurt, Pena was hitting .286 with 4 HR and a .412 OBP in 23 games. In the 20 games since Longo was injured, Pena is hitting .116 with 1 HR and a .282 OBP. But since that can’t be fixed now, the leadoff spot is plan B. It is also becoming a go-to move for Maddon to use for good hitters that are struggling. He even mentioned a couple of weeks ago, that this is what he would have done with Albert Pujols. The idea is that it forces the batter to change his approach and maybe stop trying to hit 6-run home runs. Will it work? Who knows. But…CAN’T HURT


  1. Carlos Pena, 1B
  2. BJ Upton, CF
  3. Matt Joyce, LF
  4. Ben Zobrist, RF
  5. Luke Scott, DH
  6. Sean Rodriguez, 3B
  7. Drew Sutton, 2B
  8. Chris Gimenez, C
  9. Elliot Johnson, SS
  10. Matt Moore, SP

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  1. Mike M says:

    Would anyone have thought our lineup would look like this at any point of this season? We will make due!

  2. don says:

    Does Maddon realize the player hitting 1st, comes to bat MORE than every other have Pena hit 4/5 times and everyone else hit 3 or 4....
    Makes sense to me....but at least Joe you still have that shock value going for you and your lineup card...

    • Rob says:

      Seems to have worked.

      • don says:

        What worked? Pena hitting 1st or swinging as hard as he can at every pitch until he hits two Hr's a month, I think he can do that hitting 8/9th

        • Rob says:

          But he hadn't been doing it until last night when batting first is the point. Could be a coincidence and he could have hit it batting 8th because he was due, but we'll never know. All we do know is that he was moved up and hit a 3-run HR that was the difference in the game.


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