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Suzuki batting second?

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Twins fans, Twins management, Twins offense Updated: March 31, 2014 - 11:21 AM

So my previous post addressed the importance of Aaron Hicks getting on base in the leadoff role. I still think that will be the key to the Twins' lineup for the bulk of the season, but Ron Gardenhire's first lineup is this:

Dozier 2b

Suzuki c

Mauer 1b

Willingham lf

Colabello dh

Plouffe 3b

Arcia rf

Hicks cf

Florimon ss

Nolasco p

I already hate this lineup.

For this team to be good, Hicks will have to be an offensive contributor. Suzuki is not a No. 2 hitter on any major-league club, not even the Twins. The rest of the lineup is essentially Gardenhire making the best of a bad situation, but there is no reason to bat one of your worst offensive players second in the order. You'd be better off batting Mauer leadoff, Dozier second, Willingham third, etc. This is a terrible sign.

He has a career .309 on-base percentage. He's an automatic out with no power. This is not a good decision.

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I'll be on @1500ESPN at 12:15 to rip this lineup.

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