outsider13, on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, 2:40 PM, said:
I highly doubt that it will be Bautista though. I think Encarnacion could be decent and consistent, but it would be nice to know where you stand before the season starts rather than "he could be solid". There's also talk of Bautista at 3rd, Encarnacion at 1st and Lind outfield too. Too many option imo. I hope they find what they are going to do quickly.As for the catching, Arencibia could be great, but we also said the same thing about Travis Snider for going on 3 seasons now. Molina is a solid defensive catcher, but he's also an offensive liability. He doesn't bat for average, has no power, and he has zero speed. I don't think the catching position will necessarily lose them games, but it certainly won't win them many. It's just a spot that could be a huge hole in the batting order for them.
I agree with your assessment at catcher. Arencibia could be a big asset offensively, but is just as likely to be a defensive liability. If it is Molina more than once a week, he is likely batting 9th anyway.The lineup seems to be built for tinkering, even though it isn't Cito anymore. Whatever combination of Snider, Rivera, Lind, Encarnacion and Bautista slot in at RF/LF/1B/3B/DH doesn't really matter, and will probably change almost daily.Gun to my head, I prefer Snider/Rivera in the outfield, Bautista at 3B, Encarnacion at DH and Lind at 1B. The ideal alignment is likely Encarnacion at 3B, Bautista at 1B and Lind at DH, but I think it is important to have Lind learn a position, and I prefer Encarnacion at DH because I like it to be as obvious as possible that is expendable.
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