Something has been bugging me for the past couple of weeks when I watch the Giants play. Why in the hell is Aurilia still batting 3rd? His production from the 3-hole has been absolutely killing the Giants lately. Aurilia had a nice start to the season but he’s cooled off considerably since. Currently Rich is hitting (.256/.301/.376) and in May he’s hitting (.179/.256/.282) is this the guy you want driving in runs?
Ranking NL first basemen with 100 PAs by VORP, Rich comes in at number #13 with a VORP of 0. Only the terrible starts of Adam Laroche and Carlos Delgado prevent Aurilia from being the worst first basemen in the NL. By far, Barry Bonds is the Giants best hitter and it no longer makes any sense to bat him cleanup.
This is why I’m proposing that Bochy move Bonds back into the 3-spot. Hitting Aurilia third only hurts the Giants chances of having Bonds come to the plate in the first inning. If Bonds were to move back to #3 he would get more ABs (which is what you want from your best hitter, to give him the most opportunities). I didn’t like when Bochy first moved Bonds back to cleanup and I hope that he would be open to moving Bonds again.
Here’s my projected lineup:
- Randy Winn
- Omar Vizquel (starting to hit, .346 OBP in May)
- Barry Bonds
- Ray Durham
- Bengie Molina
- Fred Lewis
- Ryan Klesko / Rich Aruilia
- Pedro Feliz
- Pitcher Spot
Of course, when Roberts comes off the DL, you can move him back into the leadoff spot and move Winn appropriately. I think Lewis could also hit #2 if Omar’s May resurgence turns out to be a mirage. First base will most likely be a problem all year long but I wonder why Klesko hasn’t gotten more starts against RHP? I’m no huge Klesko supporter but Aurilia has just been terrible lately.
Comment Starter: Thoughts? Like the idea of moving Bonds again or not? And if not, what’s your lineup look like?
Update: Left hander Ricardo Rincon has torn his ACL and will be out for the year. Rincon wasn’t anything more than AAA insurance in case Kline, Taschner, or Sanchez flame-out and the Giants needed a lefty in a pinch. Misch should definitely move into the position to be the next lefty that the Giants call up if they need a southpaw.