Don't get me wrong----I love the Pena signing. What I'm concerned about is the numbers of starting players with a real potential to hit below .250. For my lineup I used MLBDepthcharts - it seems fairly reasonable to me.
1) Jennings (LF) I certainly expect DJ to be above the line this year, but I also expect some growing pains--closer to .250 than .300
2) Upton (CF) Hasn't been above .250 since 2008.......what makes us think this will change?
3) Longoria (3B) Yes I believe last year was an abberation at .244.........but still......
4) Pena (1B) Almost a lock to be under, hasn't hit over since '07, has been under .230 last 3 years including under .200 in 2010
5) Zobrist (2B) Should be over, has been inconsistent--last 3 years, .297, .238, .269 I think lineup spot plays into how he does.
6) Joyce (RF) Last year showed a lot of growth and I expect that to continue, hit .241 in 2010, but in only 216 AB, he's safe to be over IMO
7) Scott (DH) .220 last year but was battling injury. He'll be over IF he's healed, if not...........
8) Rodriguez (SS) .251 in 2010, .223 in 2011 I don't feel that confident
9) Molina (C) Been under .250 3 of the last 4 years........no spring chicken
The bench doesn't offer much support either. I don't want to sound like Mr. Pessimist, but as we know we are only going as far as our pitching will take us. We absolutely have more power than last year, but at what cost?
I'm not sayin'.........I'm just sayin'