Dusty Baker has announced his Opening Day lineup for the Reds:

Corey Patterson CF (I just threw up in my mouth)
Jeff Keppinger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Javier Valentin C
Aaron Harang P

Other than Patterson leading off, I don’t have a problem with this lineup. If I were making it out, I’d probably switch some players around, and drop Patterson to the #7 spot in the lineup, but it’s alright.

Corey Patterson serving as the leadoff hitter for my favorite team is an absolute disaster.

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9 Responses

  1. Chris W.

    It sure would have been nice to know that Ross would start the year on the DL about 4 days ago!

  2. GregD

    I said a while back that I think Hatteberg would be the opening day starter, but Votto will get most of the regular season at-bats. We’ll see if the 2nd part of that prediction comes true.

    Interesting to note that Baker has a negative reputation amongst Cubs fans for alleged overuse of veterans, but Patterson was given a ton of chances as a young player (and obviously still being given chances.)

  3. Alex

    Dunn batting fifth is ridiculous. He should bat before Phillips and Griffey. His on-base skills are not taken full advantage of when the 6-7-8 hitters are behind him.

    Patterson batting first is obviously ridiculous. Patterson should bat 7th or 8th where the skills he does have can be better used. He has some power to drive in those who can actually get on base, and he has speed, so if he manages to get on base, he perhaps can manufacture runs through sacrifice bunts.

    I know they say lineup order doesn’t matter much. But it matter some, and I think the belief that it doesn’t matter much assumes that someone half way intelligent is making out the compared lineups.


  4. David

    I cannot believe we never dealt Hatteberg. We are platooning two lefties? Votto’s salary clock starts running and he isn’t even playing full time. That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    Someone please explain to me how Patterson is a better option than Bruce or Freel? Heck, I think Stubbs is a better option.

  5. Jared

    I had the batting order right, just with the wrong guys 🙁 Hatteberg and LLM.

    And Alex, you are definately right. Not only should Dunn have someone behind him that can hit, he should also be batting earlier so he can get more PAs. Maybe Dusty has Patterson batting first so there’s no chance Dunn will be depending on him to drive him in. 😯

  6. GregD

    I’d flip Dunn and Phillips or go Dunn, Griffey, Phillips.

    I was at Tuesday’s game, and I think we’re going to see a lot of what I saw in that game. Phillips got on, stole 2nd base. Dunn didn’t see another pitch to hit. Phillips had 26 doubles and 32 stolen bases last year. Anyone who doesn’t like seeing Adam Dunn take walks are going to be even more disappointed this year because he’s going to get even less to hit this year.

    Also listened to Saturday’s game on the radio. The B’s were commenting how well Encarnacion was getting RBI’s this spring even though his AVG stinks. Someone needs to tell them that it is a factor of the lineup. Anyone hitting behind Dunn is going to have more opportunities to knock in runs.

  7. Jared

    Add to the fact that all of the hitters are before Dunn and I think you’re right, Greg. Lots of walks.