Leyland sets Opening Day lineup

Jim Leyland decided on a lineup, at least for tomorrow. It is:

Curtis Granderson
Placido Polanco
Gary Sheffield
Magglio Ordonez
Carlos Guillen
Pudge Rodriguez
Sean Casey
Craig Monroe
Brandon Inge

No real surprises. I probably would have flip-flopped Ordonez and Guillen because 1) I think Guillen is a better hitter, and 2)It spreads out the left handed bats slightly better, but I don’t think it will make a big difference regardless.


  1. Brian B

    April 1, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    A bit of a switch from what he has used all spring. I like Guillen more at 4 as well. But its fine. Better than last season when they had Ivan at 3 and Guillen at 7.

  2. jvwalt

    April 2, 2007 at 1:11 am

    Judging by Polanco’s 2006 numbers, I’d rather have him lower in the order and Guillen batting second. Polanco’s an old-school style #2 hitter, a “bat control” guy; he had a lousy OBA and little power last year. I’d rather have someone who can keep the offensive momentum moving forward with a hit or a walk. Last year it could be argued that Guillen was needed in the heart of the order, but with the addition of Sheffield, that’s not true anymore.

  3. Kyle J

    April 2, 2007 at 7:28 am

    As long as Sheffield hits 3 or 4, I’m not sure the order matters all that much. Agree with jvwalt that Polanco would ideally hit lower–although the guy is a potential .330 hitter. Other than him, every hitter is probably projected to hit between 15 and 25 HRs.