Looking for Lead-Off Love (Part 3)

by on June 21, 2010 · 9 comments

Taking into account that Whiteyball is all but dead, I am still surprised by what this little experiment has taught me. My heart and head were in the right place (for once) by pushing for Colby to take over his chosen role.

But boy, the responses shocked even my most cynical viewpoints about TLR and the Cardinals.

And the winner is…

Come on — that wouldn’t be a very good ending for a trilogy now would it?

Mike from over at Stan Musial’s Stance provided a glimpse of what I really thought would be a Rasmus inauguration¬†party. His perfect line-up looks like this:

1)Rasmus

2)Holliday

3)Pujols

4)Ludwick

5)Freese

6)Molina

7)Schumaker

8)PH8

9)Ryan

That is just how I would do it as well given the strength in the middle outplays the need for a lefty bat to break up the six tough RH outs for St. Louis.

Of course Felipe Lopez needs to be factored in, and my only change from Mike would be to put Lopez in the sixth hole and Yadi at seventh. I even toyed with moving Skip/Flip in the 9th spot and using Ryan at lead-off to appease La Russa fans.

Strangely, however, only one other person even thought Brendan makes sense as a candidate to jump start the line-up. I know some of the games have been rough this season for the one I call B.Rabbit, but Ryan’s long term future still looks cloudy at best without a manager change.

Daniel from C70 echoed how most felt by saying he is used to Skip at the top of the batting order. I also had a few say their gut went Schumaker while one even gave their heart to the scrappy player.

I understand the affection for No. 55, but he also provides the easiest position to upgrade that helps out both the offense and defense. Now it is up to the front office to prove me wrong. Cards’ fans clearly are in the corner of the converted OF and that makes him the winner of the first ever LLOL contest.

Skip has reason to smile

Prove me wrong Skippy

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Mark June 21, 2010

Whatever gets Holliday going. He’s the key to making this team go because of what he’s capable of doing if he’s hot.

PH8 June 21, 2010

I suspect that regardless of whether he’s benefitting from being in front of Pujols, or just heating up with the weather – Holliday’s fortunes aren’t exactly tied to the lead-off man.

Just an opinion…

SMS_Mile June 21, 2010

He may have hit well in Oakland over the weekend because he felt he had something to prove there. Time will tell of he’s heating up or not.

PH8 June 22, 2010

They played in St. Louis, but your point is well made. :) I thought the same thing watching the games, that perhaps Matty had a point to make.

Few more weeks marks the point of last season that he really heated up (albeit coupled with a change in leagues), so I’m curious to see how he goes moving forward…

ct sports June 23, 2010

love the Cards today as Carpenter will dominate a team that really needs the long ball to win.

Potty Mouthed Reds Fan June 28, 2010

Cardinals Blow… The Reds are gonna take the division this year.. P.S. we won tonight, nice loss to the D Backs [edited]

PH8 June 29, 2010

Ah, and out come the Reds trolls…

You obviously didn’t see the end of the Cards game, eh PMRF?

Chris June 30, 2010

PMRF, you keep livin the dream, buddy. Once Dusty Baker gets done with your team, they’ll be on the outside looking in come October with a decimated pitching staff and the familiar “wait ’til next year” that followed him from San Fran through Chicago. You started making your “It’s Gonna Happen” sign yet?

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