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Best AL Line ups (INDIANS #5)

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by OSUBasketballJunkie, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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    With Coco Crisp leading off and Belliard batting second, they have the table setters for Hafner and Martinez, not to mention Casey Blake and Jody Gerut (when he returns from knee surgery), if we can get any production from Gonzalez and Boone, they could be explosive.
     
  2. souL

    souL I.bulldoze

    As a White Sox fan... I sure hate the Indians :biggrin:

    Seriously though, the AL Central looks like it's taken big steps in becoming a better division. I sure as hell am worried whenever the schedule has a Cle on it.
     
  3. I think that is a pretty fair assessment of the Indians, who I am very excited about this year. Talking about Juan Gonzalez as a difference maker though... well, I'll believe it when I see it. He's already hurt himself this spring (strained hamstring I think), and we got him for next to nothing, which is probably what he's worth as a player at this point.

    What the Tribe really added this offseason (besides pitching) was depth. Alex Cora and Jose Hernandez off of the bench sound good to me. Not to mention Josh Bard replacing Tim Laker as the backup catcher, and a hopefully healthy Ryan Ludwick. I think the AL Central race will be at the least interesting this year.
     
  4. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    As an Indians Fan, I hate the white sox!
    I think this is a playoff team if we dont blow so many games this year.
    I predicted that two years ago, and I am sticking to it.
     
  5. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    While I agree that the Tribe could have a very good offense... unfortunately... because I'm a fan of the Kid, but Jody Gerut probably will never be a significant contributor to the Tribe again... he's about the 7th outfielder on their list even if he were healthy behind Gonzalez (who may still get released, I guess) Crisp, Blake, Sizemore, Franklin Gutierrez, and Jose Hernandez (because of his versatility) that's without counting Ryan Ludwick who's had health issues of his own.
     
  6. Nate

    Nate I am Nate and I approved this message.

    Unfortunately AKA is right about Gerut. When he returns he will be a fourth OF at best if he has a spot on the team. As I see it out of ST if Gonzo makes the club,

    LF: Blake
    CF: Crisp
    RF: Gonzo
    4th: Ludwick

    If Gonzo doesn't make the team,

    LF: Crisp
    CF: Sizemore
    RF: Blake
    4th: Ludwick

    There is really no room for Gerut unless injuries accure or Ludwick or Sizemore (if he makes it) struggle.

    As for the batting order, I don't think Belliard will bat 2nd. He's more of bottom of the order hitter. I would guess

    Crisp
    Boone
    Hafner
    Martinez
    Gonzo
    Blake
    Brousard
    Belliard
    Peralta

    **Boone and Blake may switch in the above lineup. But this is just my opinion. **
     

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