Mookie4ever wrote:I have nothing against Atkins but I think that ARam is going to be a beast this year. Look at the Cubs projected lineup:
1. Alfonso Soriano CF
2. Mark DeRosa 2B
3. Derrek Lee 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Michael Barrett C
6. Jacque Jones RF
7. Matt Murton LF
8. Cesar Izturis SS
From last year you add Soriano and a healthy Lee batting in front of him. Plus I believe that Murton will develop into a quality major league hitter this year and will move up in the order providing better protection for ARam. A quality hitter like ARam hitting in the cleanup spot in this lineup could end up leading the NL in RBI this year.
I predict that ARam will finish the year as the top NL 3rd baseman this year, in front of even MCab and Wright.
Maybe it was just a fluke, but Aram seems to do better when he is the main guy in the lineup. At least last year that seemed to be the case...but of course that could be due to small sample size...and probably is.