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TheYanks04 wrote:IF he hits 220 and Ks half the time he most certainly will be. Tino is no winning prize at this point in his career either and they are both lefties, so the one that hits better bats 7th initially. If Giambi is that good, he will not be batting 7th or 8th but likely 4th or 5th. Tino posted OK numbes with TB last season for him and I fail to see why you would bat someone not producing over him because his name is Giambi and he makes 20M.
And that lineup happens to be what the the Inside Pitch is projecting also.
TheYanks04 wrote:I hope he has a great year. But I am a realist. He has gone downhill the past 2 seasons from an average point of view. He is now off the roids. He is older and plagued by maladies from a gimpy knee to the other roid related stuff. Who knows what he does.
It is far more likely he hits 220 than 300. It is also far more reasonable to assume he hits 265-280 with 25 or so Hrs. Which would get him out of the 8 hole, but is not going to have him hitting cleanup in that lineup. Torre may decide to give Giambi a chance at the 4-hole and see if he stinks it up before moving him down the order. That is all fine and dandy, but I do not see why the opposite approach is not taken and let him ease his way up the lineup as opposed to press to prove he belongs hitting cleanup. Man is going to be taking enough grief from reporters all season, last thing he needs is the pressure of not producing in the 4 or 5 hole to add onto all the other stuff.
TheYanks04 wrote:Giambi go the opposite way to break up the overshift? Now there is an idea presented to him about oh...1 million times in the past couple of years. By just about EVERYONE including the media and the fans.
blankman wrote:I'd like to see Giambi start out 5th. There's no way I can justify anyone but Jeter, Alex and Sheffield hitting ahead of Matsui. The man has become a fantastic ballplayer.
Giambi 5th followed by Posada sounds good to me. If he struggles, I think he could move down to 7th, but no lower.
It is far more likely he hits 220 than 300.
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