The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

March 26, 2014

Thoma column: Projected lineup is Mauer, Arcia and a bunch of outs

(Continued)

That said, somebody has to hit second. Mauer is limited to one lineup slot, and while I’d rather it be second, third is acceptable. And Suzuki is hardly the only guy who’s in a more important lineup slot than he deserves.

In that light, Gardenhire’s insistence on hitting Kubel higher than Arcia is frustrating. Arcia can — will — be a big part of the next good Twins team. Kubel will not. I’d rather see Arcia get the extra at-bats.

I’ve said this repeatedly this winter in the blog: The Twins won’t have a truly productive lineup until they can get Dozier out of the top of the order. He spent most of 2013 hitting first, second or third. He should, in a good lineup, be in the bottom third of the order.

That won’t happen with this crew.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; ethoma@mankatofreepress.com) maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
World Cup Hero Mario Gotze -- HALF-NAKED MUD BATH ... With Hot Model GF RG3 answers critics, grateful for coaches' support Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns Control Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Jack White's Cub Face Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Eli, Giants learning new offense How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Boy With Life-Threatening Tumor Gets Wish To Visit PNC Park, Meet Cutch Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX James Rodriguez Joins Real Madrid Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Morosi: Lee could be a tough sell