thezeroes wrote:With the ability of Markakis, Reimold, Roberts and McLouth all capable of being lead off hitters it is finally nice to start a season with such a dilemma.
thezeroes wrote:If Brian Roberts is healthy and in pre-concussion form he would be my lead off hitter with Mclouth batting second. If Roberts seems to need some time to readjust to MLB baseball, I would drop him to second in the order and have McLouth lead off.
After further thought you could make the case of trying to keep the left/right symmetry in your batting order so you would have to change it up depending on the starter.
With the ability of Markakis, Reimold, Roberts and McLouth all capable of being lead off hitters it is finally nice to start a season with such a dilemma.
OriolesRedskins28 wrote:Markakis is my number one choice because of how well he performed in the role last year. He seemed very comfortable there for whatever reason.
The notion that Roberts has anything above a TINY shot at being in "healthy pre concussion form" is misguided IMO. He hasn't performed at even a mediocre level since 2010 and he will be 35 for the 2013 season. Players that rely on speed like Roberts usually don't age too well and there's also the fact that his power will very likely be gone due to his predominant inactivity over the past 2+ years due to his series of totally incapacitating injuries.
Matt P wrote:Roberts hasn't played a full season since 2009 and he's now 35 years old. I'm sorry but it is just ridiculous to expect him to be "back to form". Even if he was healthy the last 3 seasons he would still more than likely be declining by now. Add to that the fact he hasn't played I will be shocked if he will even be a league average 2B next season.
I would go with Reimold as he is a great base runner, has a great eye, and can get on base. Markakis would be my second choice but he is not a good base runner and that is the main reason I would go with Reimold over him.
I don't believe in McLouth repeating last seasons performance so I would start off with him lower in the order and let him work his way near the top.
dan72 wrote:I'd go with Markakis. He will give you a .290-.300 avg and a .400+ OBP. I know he doesn't have great speed but I think table setting is more important than the ocassional stollen base....
Mclouth would be my second choice. I doubt that Roberts gets 100 AB's in 2013. Same with Riemold.
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