I was doing some reading this morning and thought about Frenchy. Michael Baron mentioned
that it's hard to break out of a slump when you swing at the first pitch. That is very true. I wonder if he would benefit from a forced change of approach? Perhaps a lineup change that forces it? What about this?ReyesFrenchyWrightDavisBayPaganCastilloBarajasBear with me on this one.
- Reyes returns to the lead off spot so he wont be "Crushed" anymore.
- Frenchy moves to the 2nd spot and is told you HAVE to give Reyes a chance to steal and your job is to make contact. Don't do it and the Animal is coming for you.
- Wright, Davis, Bay just makes sense now.
- Now the interesting twist. Take this Manuel. Batting Pagan 6th essentially turns him into a 2nd lead off hitter with Castillo as the get'em over guy and Barajas as the driv'em in guy. I know it would seem strange to have Castillo bat 7th but I like it because it gets him on in front of someone who can drive him in instead of the pitcher.