Secret Avatar wrote:That's a retarded lineup for many reasons and I expect it won't last past the first week of ST. Expect Carlos Lee to ultimately hit 4th and Pence to hit 2nd or 5th.
Not that sure why its all that retarded.
Maybe you can explain some of those 'many' reasons.
If you put Lee at 4th i'd put Berkman in 3rd, moving Tejada down to 5th. I like that better.
I've got no problem with Pence at 2nd, but Matsui is a prototypical 2nd slot hitter, and did well out of there last year. 7th is probably a better slot, but 2nd isn't unreasonable.
As for 5th are you saying move Pence ahead of Berkman? If so that's just plain flat out crazy, retarded even. If you move Berkman up and Tejada down that makes somewhat more sense. However, they just made a big deal to get Tejada, he's a big name, former MVP, etc., so I don't see anything wrong with slotting him in 5th. Pence is going to be a fine player down the road, maybe even this year, but you simply can't rate him ahead of either Berkman or Tejada at this point. Better Pence in 6th this year protecting the big name in the 5th slot with Wigginton behind him. I think he does just fine out of this slot.
I'm not saying that the lineup as listed is the best mix, and it isn't what I'd do, but IMO it can't in anyway be described as retarded. On paper its not a bad lineup at all, and the Astros should be in the chase in that division.