Ned’s Glorious Lineup

Of all the things that won’t matter a bit once opening day gets here, I have to believe that the lineup of the first Spring Training game will be near the top of the list. Unless, of course, the lineup we see on April 1st is the same one we witnessed today. And I hope it is, because it was a great lineup.

  1. Alex Gordon
  2. Alcides Escobar
  3. Eric Hosmer
  4. Billy Butler
  5. Salvador Perez
  6. Mike Moustakas
  7. Jeff Francoeur
  8. Johnny Giavotella
  9. Jarrod Dyson

Feb 21, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) poses for a picture during photo day at the Royals Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Ned Yost hit a home run by putting Gordon at the top and Francoeur in the lower third. What’s not to love? I’m usually quick to criticize a bizarre batting order so I thought that even though it’s only Spring Training, I’d show Ned some love.

Topics: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

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  • Jeff Parker

    It’s only Spring Training. Calm down, Jeff. (Beat you all to it)

  • Carl Grandi

    I averaged the four projections listed on Fangraphs, which I list to the right of the lineup I would put on the field.

    1. Gordon, 7: .282/.364/.456, 18 HR, 10 SB, and 82 RBI
    2. Hosmer, 3: .276/.344/.450, 20 HR, 11 SB, and 83 RBI
    3. Butler, DH: .300/.370/.494, 24 HR, 1 SB, and 100
    4. Perez, 2: .289/.324/.445, 15 HR, 1 SB, and 67 RBI
    5. Moustakas, 5: .262/.317/.448, 22 HR, 4 SB, and 80 RBI
    6. Cain, 8: .271/.327/.411, 12 HR, 18 SB, and 62 RBI
    7. Giavotella, 4: .271/.324/.384, 6 HR, 7 SB, and 43 RBI
    8. Francoeur, 9: .257/.308/.412, 14 HR, 6 SB, and 60 RBI
    9. Escobar, 6: .273/.316/.367, 5 HR, and 58 RBI

    • Jeff Parker

      I could dig that lineup.

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