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As much as I am a fan of Tadahito Iguchi, he's been struggling at the plate. Do you think that he should be dropped down in the lineup for the games in Houston especially since some of the other hitters are playing well right now? On the other hand, this lineup has won us a lot of games in the playoffs right now, and maybe it's better not to offend the baseball gods and continue with the same lineup as always? If we did change it up, I could see a lineup like:

 

(1) Pods

(2) Uribe

(3) Dye

(4) Konerko

(5) Crede

(6) Rowland

(7) AJ

(8) Gooch

(9) pitcher

 

Your thoughts?

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No, I say leave it like it is/has been. For starters, they have won a lot with the lineup the way it is, and even with his struggles there isn't much reason to change. Also, I don't want to have to take the bat out of Uribe's hand if we have to bunt Pod's over early on. Uribe has been so consistant batting where he is. Also, with all of those doubles he has been hitting, a pitcher behind him will be a good way to move him over with a bunt.

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Dropping Iguchi from 2 to 8 would do more harm than good, I think.

The most I'd consider is elevating Rowand or AJ to the 2 hole and dropping Iguchi to 6 or 7, but I'm in favor of leaving well enough alone. It's all working right now, no need to tinker.

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despite his troubles, i still feel like he'll come through in an rbi situation when we need him to...for the most part he hasn't had many jobs to do at the plate, plus, that hit last night = confidence.

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I'd definitely say no to that one. Gooch has been awesome in the field and he did hit the ball very well yesterday, including a hit. Switching his spot in the lineup is an option, but we all know Ozzie, not happening.

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I personally would like to see Harris get the start at 2nd tomorrow night, but I can completely understand maintaining the same lineup with the way we've been playing.

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When paulie was going through a LOOOONG slump, did we drop him? No. When Carl was in a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG slump, did we drop him? YES, but it took quite a while. Gooch hasn't been in the hole long enough to have his spot dropped yet by a longshot IMO.

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No because if you move Gooch then you probably move Crede as well, who is hitting very well where he's at. And now that we're at an NL park, a solid bat in the lower part of the order will really come in handy.

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QUOTE(fathom @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 05:44 PM)
I personally would like to see Harris get the start at 2nd tomorrow night, but I can completely understand maintaining the same lineup with the way we've been playing.

:huh:

 

Why??

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QUOTE(GoochFan @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 06:25 PM)
As much as I am a fan of Tadahito Iguchi, he's been struggling at the plate.  Do you think that he should be dropped down in the lineup for the games in Houston especially since some of the other hitters are playing well right now?  On the other hand, this lineup has won us a lot of games in the playoffs right now, and maybe it's better not to offend the baseball gods and continue with the same lineup as always?  If we did change it up, I could see a lineup like:

 

(1) Pods

(2) Uribe

(3) Dye

(4) Konerko

(5) Crede

(6) Rowland

(7) AJ

(8) Gooch

(9) pitcher

 

Your thoughts?

 

[smack] Next question?

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Someone called in the AM1000 the other night and suggested putting Harris in at 2nd instead. I say NOOOOO. While Willie might have been coming on after his recall, I still don't think he offers nearly as much as Iguchi in the greater scheme of things. I am not/have never been much of a Willie Harris fan.

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QUOTE(fathom @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 04:44 PM)
I personally would like to see Harris get the start at 2nd tomorrow night, but I can completely understand maintaining the same lineup with the way we've been playing.

 

We have won 14 of our last 15 with this lineup.

 

Gooch got the walk that allowed Dye to get hit & then PKs blast. If gooch doesnt walk then we are probably 1-1. there are so many intangibles. i can see your idea with harris tomorrow but you dont make change during winning streaks.

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Tadahito Iguchi's place should not change in this lineup in 2005. There is absolutely no question. Nor should Willie Harris play in his place. Not this season.

 

Depending on how the lineup looks, next year I may not be averse to moving him down in the order and letting him shoot for bigger numbers, but right now, he's the ultimate team player in the ultimate team player spot.

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QUOTE(RibbieRubarb @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 11:58 PM)
:huh:

 

Why??

 

Because Iguchi has not looked good at the plate this series, and looked awful in the Angels series. Against the tough righty in Oswalt, I think Willie has a better chance to contribute to the offense. Will it happen? Not a chance in hell, and I'm fine with that.

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QUOTE(fathom @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 05:21 PM)
Not a chance in hell, and I'm fine with that.

Good man.

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QUOTE(GoochFan @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 06:25 PM)
As much as I am a fan of Tadahito Iguchi, he's been struggling at the plate.  Do you think that he should be dropped down in the lineup for the games in Houston especially since some of the other hitters are playing well right now?  On the other hand, this lineup has won us a lot of games in the playoffs right now, and maybe it's better not to offend the baseball gods and continue with the same lineup as always?  If we did change it up, I could see a lineup like:

 

(1) Pods

(2) Uribe

(3) Dye

(4) Konerko

(5) Crede

(6) Rowland

(7) AJ

(8) Gooch

(9) pitcher

 

Your thoughts?

You should be banned simply for misspelling Aaron Rowand's name.

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QUOTE(Kalapse @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 05:23 PM)
You should be banned simply for misspelling Aaron Rowand's name.

 

 

Oops, my bad. At least I didn't try to spell AJ's last name. :P

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OK, going off my gut feeling here. I think Tad will come around in Houston, especially in the warmer weather. I think he will do very, very well against Oswalt tomorrow.

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QUOTE(GoochFan @ Oct 24, 2005 -> 07:38 PM)
Oops, my bad.  At least I didn't try to spell AJ's last name.  :P

Pierzynski

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Gooch has been a solid pinch hitter in his limited opportunities this season... I remember a PH game-tying HR against Texas, wasn't it? You want someone exactly like the Gooch pinch hitting in key situations - good contact hitter who can put the ball anywhere w/power to all fields. At one point in the season somethin like 12 out of 14 of his HR's either tied the game or gave the Sox the lead. :bringit

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