I put in the nine starters for the 2006 Red Sox.
Best (5.728 R/G) Worst (5.289 R/G)In 25 of the 30 best lineups, Manny was batting #2; Ortiz was #2 in the other 5. Youkilis or Nixon was the leadoff guy in all 30 best lineups. ... In every one of the 30 worst lineups, Gonzo was #1 and Ortiz was #9.
I input the 2006 numbers for the probable 2007 lineup:
Probable Best WorstI have to admit I'm pretty amazed that Tito's probable lineup is so similar to the most productive lineup (based on the players' 2006 performance).
5.674 R/G 5.856 R/G 5.210 R/G
Lugo Youkilis Pedroia
Youkilis Ramirez Crisp
Ortiz Lugo Lowell
Ramirez Ortiz Lugo
Drew Drew Varitek
Lowell Lowell Youkilis
Varitek Varitek Drew
Crisp Pedroia Ramirez
Pedroia Crisp Ortiz
Once again, Manny is at #2 in 25 of the best 30 lineups. In the other 5, he's leading off. (There are obvious many flaws in this exercise -- no accounting for speed or a player's comfort level or jeering from the media -- but it's fun.)
My campaign to get Manny into the 2-hole begins now!