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07:27 AM ET 02.04 | Yasiel Puig may not strike one as a prototypical leadoff hitter, but he could find himself in the top spot for Don Mattingly this coming season. Mattingly said by switching Puig and last year's leadoff hitter, lefty-swinging Carl Crawford, in the order, it would provide better righty-lefty balance, with right-handed hitter Hanley Ramirez batting third and left-handed hitter Adrian Gonzalez batting fourth. But it also would be a nod to the reality that the 23-year-old Puig is more dynamic offensively than the 32-year-old Crawford. ... [For] Mattingly, it's hard to ignore Puig's .391 on-base percentage, second on the club only to Ramirez's .402. Puig also was more balanced in production against right-handed (.312) and left-handed pitching (.340) than Crawford.

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February 4, 2014  08:47 AM ET

dodgers lineup gonna be scary again...lets see if the pitching holds up

February 4, 2014  08:48 AM ET

Actually sounds like a good idea.....

February 4, 2014  08:55 AM ET

Crawford hasn't lived up to his production with the Rays before signing that Gnormous contract with the Red Sox.

February 4, 2014  08:57 AM ET

I'm wondering if he's disciplined enough to be a lead off hitter; take pitches, work the count, bunt, etc.

February 4, 2014  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm wondering if he's disciplined enough to be a lead off hitter; take pitches, work the count, bunt, etc.

Given his OBP is just shy of .400 - I'm pretty sure - he'll do fine.

February 4, 2014  09:03 AM ET

He might start the season there, but I agree with you Observer - to much of a free swinger, which leads to strikeouts, and he shown in the playoffs against St. Louis his temper might get the best of him for taking pitches like a good leadoff hitter does to try and get on base.

February 4, 2014  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He might start the season there, but I agree with you Observer - to much of a free swinger, which leads to strikeouts, and he shown in the playoffs against St. Louis his temper might get the best of him for taking pitches like a good leadoff hitter does to try and get on base.

If his OBP is .400 I don't think they will care about his free swinging ways...... as long as he gets on base 2 of 5 times..... Sometimes you don't have to be traditional to have the tools to excel in a spot in the order, just do what he's been doing .391 is NOT BAD..... especially if its the highest you have on the team......

February 4, 2014  09:15 AM ET

This looks like a good thread to camp out on - anybody with me?

February 4, 2014  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This looks like a good thread to camp out on - anybody with me?

I'm here.

Just waiting for our daily dose of Best Policy.

February 4, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm here.Just waiting for our daily dose of Best Policy.

Wasn't around long yesterday.....

February 4, 2014  09:22 AM ET

I have a meeting today so I'll be on and off for the day.....

February 4, 2014  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I have a meeting today so I'll be on and off for the day.....

We'll see if anyone else shows up.

Quiet on the FN front today.

February 4, 2014  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

We'll see if anyone else shows up.Quiet on the FN front today.

It took a while to get going yesterday.... then it got cranked pretty good....

February 4, 2014  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It took a while to get going yesterday.... then it got cranked pretty good....

Yes. Yes it did.

February 4, 2014  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm wondering if he's disciplined enough to be a lead off hitter; take pitches, work the count, bunt, etc.

No. He's not.

February 4, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Actually sounds like a good idea.....

Yup. Crawford has always preferred hitting in the #2 spot. I think that will work well for LA.

February 4, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yup. Crawford has always preferred hitting in the #2 spot. I think that will work well for LA.

Morning moose.

February 4, 2014  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm wondering if he's disciplined enough to be a lead off hitter; take pitches, work the count, bunt, etc.

Bunt? Not a chance. He'll draw walks due to pitchers trying to stay away from him. Not because he's patient. He isn't. If he continues on the track he's on, he'll be a #3 or #4 hitter eventually. But in this lineup, he'll do fine in the #1 slot.

February 4, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Morning moose.

Morning Clem.

 
February 4, 2014  09:50 AM ET

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