Say what?!? Tejada in the leadoff spot?!?
Just got a peek at the Giants’ lineup for Saturday. Not exactly the kind of lineup that instills confidence for a team struggling to swing the bats.
But MoreSplashHits sort of saw this coming.
Managers often like to get their reserves into the starting lineup during the first week of the season.
So as Mark DeRosa and Aaron Rowand are right-handed batters, it figures Bochy would want to start them against at lefty. And as the Dodgers’ Ted Lilly is the only lefty the Giants will face over the next few days, we sort of saw this coming.
Also, Andres Torres and Pablo Sandoval are weaker hitters from the right side than the left.
So here’s the the lineup for today.
SS Miguel Tejada (R)
2B Freddy Sanchez (R)
RF Aubrey Huff (L)
C Buster Posey (R)
OF Pat Burrell (R)
3B Mark DeRosa (R)
1B Brandon Belt (L)
CF Aaron Rowand (R)
SP Matt Cain (R)
Doesn’t instill a lot of confidence, does it?
And what’s up with Tejada at the leadoff spot? I suppose the silver lining here is that Bruce Bochy has finally realized that Aaron Rowand in NOT a leadoff hitter. And if Rowand is going to be in the starting lineup, this is exactly where he should be in the lineup.
But Tejada leading off? Yeah, I don’t get that either.
If MoreSplashHits were making out the lineup, we’d make three simple adjustments.
Sanchez batting leadoff. He’s been swinging the bat as well as any Giant in the early going, so have him in the No. 1 spot.
DeRosa would then follow at No. 2. That’s where he often resided in the lineup last season before he went on the DL.
Then Tejada in his normal spot in the No. 6 spot.
But no one asked MoreSplashHits. Let’s hope that’s Bochy’s only mistake today.