To celebrate the New Year, we project Braves’ 2011 lineup

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien)

Well it’s been a pretty quiet week after Christmas so far, as you might expect with much of the world, including the baseball one, still enjoying time away from the daily grind.

If you’re like me, you’re still eating Christmas leftovers and too many sweets, enjoying the last few days before resolution time when we’ve got to start whipping back into shape.

This is about when players start ramping up their workouts, both throwing and hitting. January is when a lot of them start rolling down to Turner Field a few days a week, to hit with the coaches and then late in the month and into early February, pitchers will start throwing with Roger McDowell in the pre-spring training pitcher’s camp, or whatever we’re calling it these days.

(Just got off the phone with rookie reliever Craig Kimbrel who was on his way to throw today for the first time this winter. I’m posting a separate blog on that so check it out in a bit.)

As we contemplate 2011, knowing that much of the Braves roster is set, (while we wait on a Dan Uggla contract extension to be finalized, which could come in the next week or so), I figured why not have a look at the projected 2011 lineup and toss that around a little bit.

Projected lineup for 2011

When it comes to new manager Fredi Gonzalez and his lineups, there are quite a few unknowns. We don’t know yet what his tendencies will be, if he’ll be like Bobby Cox and hesitant to change much, and even more hesitant to divulge why or why not.

Fredi Gonzalez (left) more open with lineup than Bobby Cox

Fredi Gonzalez (left) more open with lineup than Bobby Cox

So far, Gonzalez seems pretty open and willing to discuss his lineups. Based on conversations with him and what he said over the winter meetings, we have a pretty good idea of what the Braves lineup would be if the season were to start tomorrow and everybody is back healthy. Here it is:

1. Martin Prado LF

2. Nate McLouth CF

3. Chipper Jones 3B

4. Brian McCann C

5. Dan Uggla 2B

6. Jason Heyward RF

7. Alex Gonzalez SS

8. Freddie Freeman 1B

9. Pitcher du Jour

If I know you guys, the first thing that jumps off the page is seeing McLouth batting second, coming off a .190 year. When I saw this, I was curious too. I figured he might be batting somewhere down in rookie Freeman territory.

But then you put yourself in Gonzalez’s head and think about what he’s trying to accomplish here. For one, maybe he’s trying to build up McLouth’s confidence. If you’re McLouth and you’re expecting to be in the hinterlands of the lineup and you see your name penciled in high, it’s got to give you a boost.

It gives you added protection of Chipper Jones hitting behind you, more strikes in your future, and a better chance to get off to a good start. Hitting high, maybe you’re less likely to swing for the fences and just work the ball up the middle, trying to advance Prado, so you stay within yourself. Or maybe Gonzalez’s primary thinking is simply based on McLouth’s speed and trying to get one of the few real base-stealing threats high in the order.

OK, Chipper Jones hitting third. We don’t know how his knee will do. Jones has even been one to suggest, the way he’s hit at times in the last couple of years, he might not hit himself third. But as a new manager on a new team, this is not your first move, to drop the 16-year veteran out of his usual hole.

If the knee doesn’t hold, that’s another story, and Gonzalez has said he could see McCann, Uggla or Heyward hitting third, and even McLouth, if he were at his Pittsburgh levels.

Cleanup: OK, if you’re like me, maybe you thought Uggla would be batting fourth, taking some of the pressure off McCann. You’d put your new 30-homer guy in the most obvious power hole in the order. But then you find out how comfortable Uggla is in the No. 5 spot. How he’s hit there for most of the last three seasons, including last year when he had 304 at-bats in the fifth spot and 273 in the cleanup spot.

For his career, Uggla has hit 48 home runs and 163 RBIs in the fifth spot compared to 19 home runs and 57 RBIs in the fourth spot. But he’s hit for higher average .292 (83-for-284) in the fourth spot vs. only .251 (250-for-997) in the fifth spot. Gonzalez has said he could switch McCann and Uggla back and forth here. Makes sense to me.

McCann, for his career, actually has more at-bats in the cleanup spot now than any other, with 1004. (He has 927 at-bats hitting fifth.) Knowing McCann’s personality, he really doesn’t care where he’s hitting, and he won’t change his approach either way, so Fredi can leave him there if he thinks Uggla is better suited to fifth.

What about Heyward hitting sixth? Would most of you want him back at No. 2, where he hit most of last season? Pick your poison with him: table setter, speed guy, or run producer? I do know with this lineup as is, you get lefty-righty-lefty from McCann, to Uggla, to Heyward, to Alex Gonzalez, Freeman against righties. And against lefties, with Chipper hitting right-handed, it goes righty-lefty-righty all the way down the lineup, top to bottom. That’s a thing of mathematical beauty, eh? Maybe it’s as simple as that.

But wait, a little more over-thinking….

Where do you like JHey, second or sixth?

Where do you like JHey, second or sixth?

Heyward actually hit for better average in the six hole than second last year, albeit in way fewer at-bats. He hit .359 (14-for-39) with a .469 on-base percentage, six homers and 11 RBIs in the No. 6 hole, compared to .281 (109-for-388) with a .393 on-base percentage, nine homers and 39 RBIs in the No. 2 spot.

Hey, it’s December, and we all know this thing is going to change a bunch of times, starting in spring training. But for the sake of discussion, I’m throwing it out. What’s your lineup? What do you make of Fredi’s philosophies based on this one?

Medlen’s hip

At the end of the season in our discussions with GM Frank Wren in October, he mentioned that Kris Medlen had to have an MRI on his hip. It doesn’t appear to be a big issue, so I didn’t mention it in my story about his rehab from “Tommy John” surgery, but I can update you here.

Medlen felt a twinge in his hip back on June 3 in LA rounding first base after getting a base hit vs. Hiroki Kuroda the Dodgers and just played through it until he injured his elbow in early August.

“I was watching the ball instead of watching the base,” Medlen said recently. “I came up right to the base and hit it and had to turn real quick. It has a small, little tear in it. It still clicks every once in a while. But for the most part it’s gone. But it’s hard to tell when I haven’t done anything athletically.”

He was diagnosed as a slight tear in his labrum and was told it just needed rest.

And just for kicks, it sounds like Medlen did not have the greatest experience in the MRI tube for this one.

“I was supposed to make it through 40 minutes, I made it through 32,” Medlen said. “They give you an emergency button. I got claustrophobic, my chest felt like it was caving in, I was drenched in sweat.”

He said the MRI for his elbow wasn’t as bad because he was already tired, and laying on his abdomen, not his back.

“For this MRI it was like a funeral, this close to my face,” he said.

Hey, we write about MRIs so often it gets to be commonplace. Leave it to Medlen to put the human face on it for us. OK I’m going to post this and then post a short Kimbrel blog as well….

Hope everyone has a very happy new year!

3,368 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly

December 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Billy! Let’s finish the game.

Charleston, SC 1988

December 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Drove 7 hrs yesterday from Atlantic City to Quogue, got stuck exactly 80 yards from in laws house but a super nice guy go this 4WD and towed me a mile to safer roads… NYC looks like a Vermont ski festival town, never seen anything like it, then I drove to Quogue and have 2-3 foot of snow everywhere, dug myself an entry to the drive so at least can park the car

How are y’all ?

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Charlie SC – you are in one of my fave cities in the world, great place there

Danga

December 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

4. Brian McCann C

McFann rant in 3…2…1…

Snotboogie

December 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

They asked to lie down for 40 minutes in an MRI machine! Wow.

Bat Masterson

December 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

Thanks, Carroll

Hillbilly

December 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

Medlen couldn’t be still in a cow pasture for 40 minutes.

nickz

December 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Good looking lineup…although McClouth batting 2nd is a little scary, especially if he’s an automatic out again this year. Hopefully he’ll bounce back and have a good year.

The rest of the lineup looks very solid, assuming Chipper’s knee holds up. Should be a good year in Braves Country!

Nick

December 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Charleston, SC sucks. I know, I live there. Nice to visit, sucks to live there.

Puma

December 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

Lineup looks pretty good…I could see moving Heyward back to 2 spot, bump Gonzalez up one, and Nate in the 7 spot. Other than that, I bet that lineup is how Freddi goes.

Why no Nate leading off? Isn’t that what he is supposed to be doing? Maybe if he tries to draw more walks, it’ll help him out some. Plus, Prado seems so much better suited for 2 hole.

Bat Masterson

December 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

Hope I never need an MRI

Carroll Rogers

December 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

LOL Hillbilly…..and it’s a little nuts, eh Snotboogie? he said they had written him a presription for valium and he just didn’t fill it. oops. …I hear the trick is to close your eyes before you even get in there. (easy for me to say)

Steve from OH

December 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

Quibble about the batting order, but that’s a pretty good looking lineup, and looking even better if Nate (or Schafer) returns to form.

All I'm Saying Is...

December 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

Great day in the ATL with a high close to 40 degrees and brilliant blue sky for most of the day with some stringy (cirrus?) clouds in the mix now.

I don’t like Nate batting 2nd. I’d rather see Heyward up there. I actually think Nate would feel too much pressure to perform batting second. I also don’t think Nate knows how to handle the bat well enough to bunt. Plus Nate is too strikeout prone as his judgment of the strike-zone is not that good. I’m not saying Heyward is a better bunter but he certainly has better strike-zone discipline. Plus I would want someone up there with a high on-base average.

Already missing Infante because he was the perfect #2 batter but we needed Uggla’s power.

Any word on Conrad’s state of mind now that the season is well over?

TennesseePaul

December 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

Thanks for the work CR.

Carroll Rogers

December 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

Puma I think Fredi is going off how well the Braves did with Prado leading off last year. …but i’m with you, just based on skills, I’d think Prado is the perfect No. 2 hitter.

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

Nick, I do love you so, funniest guy of 2010

Snotboogie

December 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

I hear the trick is to close your eyes before you even get in there. (easy for me to say)

I’ve heard they can play music to keep you entertained/calm. Even then… nuts is right.

cabravesfan

December 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

The thought of super hyper Meds trying to lay still for 40 minutes makes me giggle :lol: Poor kid! I miss him :)

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

thats funny brekky I was just asking about you

keylargo

December 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

I was “injected” into one of those tubes for a shoulder MRI. The top was about two inches away from my face and I was in head first so it was 6 feet out and no way to get out on your own. They actually told you it was best if you didn’t open your eyes. Very, very claustrophobic. I had to go back for a second one but refused to go back to that type of machine. They have a clinic in Miami called Stand Up MRI which is basically what you do. Not comfortable either but easier mentally.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

Bat Masterson

December 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

Claustrophobia, yeah. Hell I gave up scuba diving because I knew that feeling was going to get me killed.

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

Bat – its funny I know people who get the claustrophobic feeling when diving. For me it is the most free feeling in the world, floating without falling.

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

Like ya said Carroll, it’s still early. I don’t see that lineup on opening day, that McLouth thing sticks out like a sore thumb. My guess for a line up will have to wait cuz I’m still thinking about it and it takes me a long time to think these days.

Bob Horner had a big fro

December 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

Can tell you from first hand experience the trick is to close your eyes before you go in, keep them closed and try to listen to music or something. Just pretend you are trying to sleep. If you open your eyes or wait to close them until you are inside, you are toast.

Speaking of toast, this might be the lineup at present, but I give it a one-in-ten chance McClouth is playing, much less batting second, by May. I hope I am wrong…

Tim B.

December 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

I like the line-up, assuming that Nate can bounce back. Ideally, I would like to see him hit first and Prado hit second. I just think Prado is better with the bat and can do more than Nate can. I also like Nate’s speed at the top vs. Martin’s. Again, that is if (and a big if) Nate turns it around. The other change I would make is to switch Chipper and Heyward, unless Chipper comes back a the level he was a couple of years ago when he won the batting title. I just think that at this point in their respective careers, Jayson is going to be more productive than Chipper. I also like Jason’s speed up closer to the top of the order – but I also like him in a power spot. If Chipper is not at all ready and Prado moves to 3B, then I would bump everyone up and put Schaefer in the eight hole. Speed at the bottom of the order is a good thing – almost like a second leadoff hitter. One last thought – don’t be surprised if Freeman moves up to somewhere in the five to seven hole by the end of the season. Once he figures out big league hitting, he is going to be a run producer. For opening day, I like him where he is.

nolie

December 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

any of you claustrophobic folks breach births?

Fish Bisch

December 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

My lineup:
1. Haywood
2. Prado
3. Mclouth
4. Uggla
5. Mcann
6. Chipper
7. Gonsalez
8. Freeman

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

tiger – I am still kicking ass and taking names

Paul From Milton

December 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

I really hope this isn’t the opening day lineup. I would rather see a legitimate CF lead off and have Prado feast on fastballs in the 2 hole.

Venice Jim

December 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

I definitely closed my eyes before I went into the machine – I seem to remember that I provided my own music in my head while I was in there…

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

glad to hear it is back in the US…you aggressive enough to make it to Dark Star or Atlanta this year?

Carroll Rogers

December 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

All I’m Saying Is…..are you reading my mind? I was thinking of Conrad myself today and tried to call him. I’m sure he’s running around with his too little kids. But i was curious too. I imagine he’s good. He’s the kind of guy I said after seeing him at work at a clinic for the Braves 101 women’s thing that I think he would be a great coach. and his experiences of that playoff game would make him an even better one, knowing how to handle a situation similar to that. not that he’s ready to be one just yet!

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

claustrophobia is easy to cure, just read the book about the Vietnam War “tunnel rats”, now that is real claustrophobia

nolie

December 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

like the line-up, assuming that Nate can bounce back. Ideally, I would like to see him hit first and Prado hit second. I just think Prado is better with the bat and can do more than Nate can. I also like Nate’s speed at the top vs. Martin’s. Tim B

I agree on McLouth first and Prado-or Jones-second. If McLouth bounces back to 340-350 OBP.

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

btw I swear I saw you on a special with jesse ventura no too long ago…

keylargo

December 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

Carroll – Have you ever heard anyone talk about hitting Chipper 2nd? I think if you took away the responsibility of hitting 30 HR’s you expect out of the #3 hitter, let him use his great eye for the strike zone and concentrate on hitting singles and doubles he would be ideal. It would be like 2008 all over again.

.330 average and .430 obp

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

tiger – “I’m an alien, an illegal alien, I am an >>>”

I technically do not exist so my ghost may try to convince the boss lady to head south, we will see

Playoffs!!!!

December 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

I like Freeman hitting second, and Nate 8th. At least until Nate proves he can hit again. And Freeman would get a lot of good pitches to hit in the 2 hole

UKUGA

December 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

One thing we don’t get enough of around here is line-up suggestions.

Go Braves!

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

well as long as we aren’t crossing international borders no papers required aboard my airplane…but my range is limited to 300 miles so quite a few stops on that trip

Rob from SC

December 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

HIT HEYWARD THIRD

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

HOSS in the 2 hole makes some sense with Marteen at 2 and JHey @ 3. I prefer just putting Fugly at 4 and leaving him there, take some pressure off the fatty

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

bugger Marteen at 1 I meant

UKUGA

December 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

” I’m sure he’s running around with his too little kids.”

What size are they?

Ghostrider

December 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

I had an MRI last year on my knees…. They do give you a head set and your choice of music. Just have to ignor that hammering noise. Oh Yeah…One more minor thing…..you cannot move an inch, cannot scratch, cannot sneeze cannot move a fraction of inch. TO have the MRI done on my right knee took about 45 minutes, give or take a few minutes.

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

tiger – I will remember that but this little white ass will not be going near any airports for a while I think, and I mean ANY airfield

FEAR

December 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

IF Mclouth and Chipper come back. Then that is one kick ass lineup!

FEAR

December 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

Enter your comments here

Bat Masterson

December 28th, 2010
4:34 pm

tiger_

I loved diving and at first it would go away. Then it got stronger, I would dwell on it, had to fight the urge to bolt for the surface. I knew something was going to freak me out at some point and I would bolt………

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

That’s a good one Nolie.

Tim B.

December 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

I like the Chipper hitting 2nd suggestion. That would have Prado hitting leadoff and Heyward 3rd. Ugla and McCann changing places at 4 and 5 depending on who is pitching that day (lefty or righty). Then you can move McClouth down in the order at least until he looks like he did in Pittsburg. If he hits 8th, then you get Freeman in a more run producing spot. Chipper hitting second is the key.

Fire Rodney Ho

December 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

I would bat Prado second, Heyward sixth, and I’d fire Rodney Ho first

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

I have a question or 2 and they may both appear to be dummies but here we go

UGA Bail Bonds – is crime that high at UGA that they need their own Bail Bonds business and

2. Why are there so many stupid naming “Bowl” games in USA and does anyone really care about the “Bobs corner tyre store” Bowl between two teams with 7-5 records

nolie

December 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

Freeman second? Talk about clogging the bases . he has no bat contriol skills and is slow as molassas, why in the world would you want him hitting second? He is just about the exact opposite of what a second slot hitter should be. goodness

Daniel

December 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

Enter your comments here

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

brekky…all I need is 2000 feet about 50 feet wide doesnt have to be an airport LOL. But seriously I understand the concerns (to some extent can’t claim to really understand the feeling). Hopefully I get a good bonus and a raise next year and I can upgrade to something with a little more range/speed. Look me up on hotmail I would love to talk and hear what happened (and add some persuasion to the trip). How is the jewelry thing going for the missus?

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
4:41 pm

tiger – I seriously am not flying anywhere for a year or so and the business is chaotic as usual. I was living elsewhere for a while until I worked out the ladies I was living with were dealing dope… too funny and in line with my “luck”

Playoffs!!!!

December 28th, 2010
4:41 pm

Tim B.–Yes, I like Chipper hitting 2nd, too. Maybe after he goes 1 for 20 with 8 walks, Freddy will move him there

Playoffs!!!!

December 28th, 2010
4:43 pm

nolie—don’t know if Freeman is slow or not–didn’t see him run the bases enough. McClouth has good bat control???

Daniel

December 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

Carroll- Well, you kinda summed up all the current issues with the line-up in your blog, which is great reporting and writing, but takes all the fun out of making suggestions.
I say IF you are going to give Mclouth the shot and hit him second then you might as well let him lead-off. His skill set[sic] is that of a lead off man anyway. If he is going to fail, at least let him fail at his line up position. I say
Mclouth (now, I along with everyone would prefer a different CF lead off man, but it is what it is)
Prado
Heyward
McCann
Uggla
Jones (Assuming he will be in and out of the line-up, wouldn’t it be better to establish him lower in the order, also protects Uggla)
Gonsalez
Freeman
Pitcher

what do you think?

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
4:46 pm

I don’t know 4dogs. Never been to Georga.

MitchC

December 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

Carroll, I don’t agree with your lineup. for a few reasons.

Hasn’t it always been an unwritten rule in baseball that a team’s best hitter should be hitting third? How does a guy who is going to be 39 next year, with the injury problems Chipper has, and who hit 265 with 10 homers, and 46 RBI’s, qualify as this team’s best hitter?

Although he’s only in his second year, I would probably hit J Hey third, both because he can hit for a high average, and power.

My lineup would be.

Prado
‘Nate
Jhey
Uggla
Mccann
Chipper.
Mclouth
Freeman.

Chipper is no number three hitter anymore. The Mets hit Carter sixth in the last couple of years of his career, and guys like Murphy were dropped in the order after a while as well.

A team’s three and four hitters should be their best producing guys,. for average, power, and RBIS.

I doubt that Freddie will drop Chipper so far down in the order, but, this isnt the time for egos. If this team wants to win a wild card, it cannot have a guy who misses a third of the team’s games, and who hits 265 with 10 homers, hitting third.

I hope Freddie does the right thing when it comes to the batting order.

Steve from OH

December 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

Chipper should bat either 2 or 3. A .375+ OBP is a terrible thing to waste lower in the order.

Arkansas Transplant

December 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

Carroll, has you or DOB talked to Wags resently? Any mention of why wait to file papers? Any possible return?

nolie

December 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

McClouth has good bat control?

I said nothing about McLouth at second, but yes he can bunt , and yes Freeman is slow

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

itch did You mean Gonzo in the 7 spot?

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

I meant to say Mitch not itch sorry

Jack

December 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

Here is my lineup.
1. McCann
2. McCann
3. McCann
4. McCann
5. McCann
6. McCann
7. McCann
8. McCann
9. McCann
If everyone could only take his approach to hitting, this would be the best lineup in the majors. Patience, intelligence and hard work make him the best hitter in our lineup.

bravesgrl4life

December 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

Got my 4-game package as a Christmas gift. Hubby actually bought tickets for 2 :grin: He’s agreed to go to one of the 4 games with me and told me I could feel free to share the other three games with whomever I choose. Life is good :)

jeffrey d

December 28th, 2010
4:55 pm

haha, itch…

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

well I gotta go see a man about a horse now

tiger297

December 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

bravesgrl4life…how good are the seats maybe I can earn one of them LOL

jeffrey d

December 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

well I gotta go see a man about a horse now

We’ve all been there.

Lank

December 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

McLouth/Schafer
Prado
Heyward
Uggla
McCann
Chipper
Freeman
Gonzalez

I have high hopes for Schafer this year, and this lineup is perfectly balanced.

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

You gettin a horse Tiger?

Mitchell

December 28th, 2010
5:04 pm

Chipper’s kind of a problem in the line-up, isn’t he?

I mean, I hope he can play but I just don’t see him anywhere near the heart of that line-up.

If only he had retired and we kept Omar and traded Matty and Brooks for Uggla. No offense to Chipper, of course.

But then you could have BMac behind the plate, Freddie at first, Uggla second, Gonzo shortstop, Martin at third, Omar in left, Nate center and Jason.

I guess that’s what you call denial. Omar’s gone, isn’t he?

We’re gonna miss that son of a gun. Or at least I do/am/will.

Hopefully Nate can get it together. I definitely wouldn’t want him batting lead-off if he’s hitting .190 or whatever but Martin is just a classic number two guy.

If we can somehow get to a line-up that has Martin, Heyward, Uggla and McCann batting 2-3-4-5 as many days in a row as possible, without Chipper being excluded due to injury, there would be very little left to worry about.

Why can’t he bat 6th? What would be so bad about that?

Where is the law that says Chipper can’t bat 6th? Huh?!

Ralph

December 28th, 2010
5:04 pm

DOB, it didn’t take no genius to figure out that line up, I guessed that before I even read your blog and I never even met Freddie, let us both hope we are wrong and they go out and get a center fielder and a replacement for Chipper because if they don’t then they are in trouble.

Mitchell

December 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

There you go Lank!

There’s your line-up folks. My work here is done.

TommyP

December 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

I like everything Carroll threw out there as reasoning for Fredi’s lineup. It’s sound thinking and will probably be your April lineup. Good thoughts, Carroll.

After April, I could see the lineup going to this:
Prado (he’s your best on-base guy and offers the added periodic power)
Chipper (handles the bat better than any on the team as far as situation hitting..power is sapped)
Heyward (I see him breaking out this year)
Uggla
McCann
Gonzalez (just to break up the lefties)
Freeman (no way I’m putting the rookie in the 8 slot where they feed you junk)
McLouth (he’s the vet trying to dig himself out of this hitting abyss he’s in…also speed at bottom)

Once Freeman proves himself and settles in, I’d bump him up to the 6 hole, Uggla to the 5, McCann to the 4 and A-Gon to the 7.

I’d have to go back and look over Florida’s lineups over the past few years but I do remember Fredi putting Hanley at the top of the order for awhile until his power matured…then he moved him to 3rd. I see Heyward occupying that 3 spot by Memorial Day for the next 12-14 years.

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

MANU got pipped in overtime for a 1-1 tie at Birmingham, that is the only good news I have had this week sporting wise

Falcons lost
Aussie cricket – embarassing
Chelsea – murdered by the arch enemy for another LOSS
Knicks – oh doesnt matter

jeffrey d

December 28th, 2010
5:07 pm

If only he had retired and we kept Omar and traded Matty and Brooks for Uggla

If only? We’re lucky we got Uggla for Infante. Throwing in Brooks won’t sweeten any deal

TennBravesFan

December 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

I see where a few people are telling Carroll that you disagree with her lineup…..I dont really think thats her lineup…thats just what Gonzalez said the lineup would probably be at this point.

Snotboogie

December 28th, 2010
5:10 pm

DOB, it didn’t take no genius to figure out that line up, I guessed that before I even read your blog

You probably should then….

No Way

December 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

Jack, that is too many lefties.

Let's Go Bravos!

December 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

Do any of these guys have good averages against Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, or Hamels?? Not trying to be pesimistic, but it will be a miracle if we win the division this year. I can’t stand the Phillies. I hate them just as much as the Yankees now. Can we get a salary cap please??

Efrim

December 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

My lineup:

1. Prado
2. Jones
3. Heyward
4. Uggla
5. McCann
6. McLouth
7. Gonzalez
8. Freeman
9. pitcher

Ralph

December 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

Sorry Carroll, I looked up top and saw Davids picture and assumed he wrote the blog, why don’t you put your picture up when you sub for him, you look a whole lot better than he does anyway.

UGA Bail Bonds

December 28th, 2010
5:14 pm

I was just thinking the same thing Mitchell. Those 4 guys in a row. With a legit top of the order guy and Chipper in the 2 spot and then BMac at 6 would be pretty good. If the Braves could field a lineup with BMac in the 6 spot THAT would be good. Pipe dreams I know but that would be good.

Snotboogie

December 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

MANU got pipped in overtime for a 1-1 tie at Birmingham, that is the only good news I have had this week sporting wise

Aussie cricket – embarassing
Chelsea – murdered by the arch enemy for another LOSS

I have been waiting to gloat about it since yesterday. 3 -1.:lol:
But this is our first win against ManU or Chelsea in the last 12 competitions. 10 losses in there. It was an immense relief for us.

ManU – 89th minute goal by Brum. Utterly deserved by that nasty bunch.

Hank755

December 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

I`m 90% agree with Jack.Here is my lineup.

1. McCann
2. Prado
3. McCann
4. McCann
5. McCann
6. McCann
7. McCann
8. McCann
9. McCann

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

Freeman needs to be 7 or 6 in this lineup, kid has some pop and will get diddly squat to hit in the eighthole, Nate cannot hit for squadoosh so should be at 8 until he shows a 2 month streak of some quality ABs

SoWeGa Fanatic

December 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

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myra

December 28th, 2010
5:17 pm

I cant stand an MRI. They are awful. It feels like you’re being entombed alive.

SoWeGa Fanatic

December 28th, 2010
5:18 pm

Chipper will &should hit 3 until he shows he can’t.

Nobreggie4Dogs

December 28th, 2010
5:19 pm

Snotboogie – I always give props to Arsene Wenger but it is bad to be the 2nd best coach in any league as he never gets the kudos he deserves… guy wins year in and out with trash, quality, glamour, injuries, no money, plenty of loot, whatever, he shapes great sides every year that play ABOVE their expected potential

Steve from OH

December 28th, 2010
5:19 pm

Efrim–I’m in agreement. Except that I would move AGon to 8th.

VaBravesFan

December 28th, 2010
5:22 pm

McLouth should only bat 1st or 2nd if he has a good spring, I’m not counting on it tho.

McLouth
Prado
Heyward
Uggla
McCann
Chipper
Freeman
Gonzo

Is how I would do it.

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