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Batting Out Of Order

Batting Out Of Order

Duffy-Wilson-Sanchez? Or Duffy-Sanchez-LaRoche? The Pirates' lineup has been getting a lot of attention as of late (such as in the P-G here and here, on Pirates.com here, and at WHYGAVS and Honest Wagner), as there's not too much else to talk about in the world of hardball at the end of January. The Bucs won't bring in any other significant pieces (save possibly another starting pitcher), so everyone's talking about the puzzle we can build with the players we already have.
I'm not the first to do it--and I certainly won't be the last--but here's the order David Pinto's Lineup Analysis tool spits out given our current personnel and their ZiPS projections:
Freddy Sanchez
Jason Bay
Chris Duffy
Adam LaRoche
Xavier Nady
Jack Wilson
Jose Bautista
Pitcher
Ronny Paulino
That's one of three that would amount to 4.819 runs per game, or about 780 runs this season. But since Jim Tracy's not Tony La Russa, we won't see Zach Duke batting eighth or Bay hitting second. On April 2nd in Houston, ba...

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