The Twins’ Opening Day lineup is bizarre.

We’ll be hearing from Paul Molitor soon to hear about the decision-making process, but here’s my first view:

  1. Brian Dozier: He may be comfortable as a leadoff hitter but he’s the team’s most accomplished hitter and most experienced quality player. He belongs in the 3 hole.

  2. Robbie Grossman: He is one of the Twins’ best at getting on base, so this technically makes some sense, but this decision has some unintended lineup consequences.

  3. Byron Buxton: I think he’d be better of batting leadoff with his head and the bases clear. He profiles as a future No. 3 hitter, but this feels like too big a jump for someone who has had one good month in the big leagues.

  4. Joe Mauer: He is not a cleanup hitter. Not even close. His on-base percentage makes him a logical No. 2 hitter, or you could hide his lack of power at the bottom of the order. Cleanup? Nonsense.

  5. Miguel Sano: Mauer’s lefthanded bat does break up Buxton and Sano, which is logical in and of itself. Sano should be batting cleanup but he didn’t earn it last year.

  6. Jason Castro: I’d rather see Max Kepler here, but we’re nitpicking at this point.

  7. Jorge Polanco: This is fine.

  8. Kepler: Sure.

  9. Eddie Rosario: Why not?

Mauer in the cleanup spot is the least-logical of these decisions. He hasn’t had a .400-or-better slugging percentage since 2013. He’s not a cleanup hitter, so why pretend he is?

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