A. Cavatica

08-01-2004, 03:09 PM

Based on OPS, Neal Cotts (3.000) should be our DH.

Our top nine (healthy) ranked by OPS are Konerko, Rowand, Lee, Valentin, Everett, Uribe, Burke, Gload (.695), and Crede (.693). Harris is next at .655, which is more of an indictment of his power (.306 slugging, which is completely unacceptable even for a leadoff man) than his on-base percentage (.349). I would save Willie for pinch-hitting in situations where we absolutely need a baserunner.

Valentin's OPS is still .802, which is still pretty good for a shortstop. So even though I'm still seething about Wednesday and the .228 batting average, we still need to get him into the lineup.

Some people want Lee batting higher in the order, because he's got a decent on-base percentage. In fact, Everett's the guy we should move up, because his OBP is second in this group and he has a much lower slugging percentage than Lee or Rowand.

I think our best lineup could be something like this:

1) Everett rf (.365 OBP, .422 SLG)

2) Rowand cf (.365 OBP, .549 SLG)

3) Lee lf (.364 OBP, .518 SLG)

4) Konerko 1b (.367 OBP, .557 SLG)

5) Valentin ss (.297 OBP, .502 SLG)

6) Burke c (.356 OBP, .421 SLG)

7) Uribe 2b (.318 OBP, .457 SLG)

8) Gload dh (.326 OBP, .368 SLG)

9) Crede 3b (.286 OBP, .407 SLG)

It has lefty-righty balance and puts a lot of people on base in front of Konerko and Valentin. Yes, the last four guys are weak, but that's all we have to work with until Frank gets back.

Our top nine (healthy) ranked by OPS are Konerko, Rowand, Lee, Valentin, Everett, Uribe, Burke, Gload (.695), and Crede (.693). Harris is next at .655, which is more of an indictment of his power (.306 slugging, which is completely unacceptable even for a leadoff man) than his on-base percentage (.349). I would save Willie for pinch-hitting in situations where we absolutely need a baserunner.

Valentin's OPS is still .802, which is still pretty good for a shortstop. So even though I'm still seething about Wednesday and the .228 batting average, we still need to get him into the lineup.

Some people want Lee batting higher in the order, because he's got a decent on-base percentage. In fact, Everett's the guy we should move up, because his OBP is second in this group and he has a much lower slugging percentage than Lee or Rowand.

I think our best lineup could be something like this:

1) Everett rf (.365 OBP, .422 SLG)

2) Rowand cf (.365 OBP, .549 SLG)

3) Lee lf (.364 OBP, .518 SLG)

4) Konerko 1b (.367 OBP, .557 SLG)

5) Valentin ss (.297 OBP, .502 SLG)

6) Burke c (.356 OBP, .421 SLG)

7) Uribe 2b (.318 OBP, .457 SLG)

8) Gload dh (.326 OBP, .368 SLG)

9) Crede 3b (.286 OBP, .407 SLG)

It has lefty-righty balance and puts a lot of people on base in front of Konerko and Valentin. Yes, the last four guys are weak, but that's all we have to work with until Frank gets back.