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Just put Tony Gwynn, Jr. in LF and leave him alone

Just put Tony Gwynn, Jr. in LF and leave him alone

Marcus Thames is a really nice guy who can hit a home-run (or strikeout) and is a below average fielder (I am being very kind).    Xavier Paul deserves to be on the team, but Don Mattingly needs to just forget this Paul – Gwynn – Thames Triad in Left Field and commit to playing Tony Gwynn, Jr. there for the next 46 games.  I’d like to see what he brings on a daily basis as the Dodgers #2 hitter and defensive monster in LF.  By 50 games we should have a good idea, and I have a gut  feeling it just might be good.   If Donnie wants Thames’ bat in the lineup, platoon him with Loney.  Yeah, I know it weakens the Dodgers’ defense, but so does Thames in LF.

Look, this team is going to rise and fall on whether Raffy is healthy and whether Kemp, Loney, Ethier, Blake and Uribe can drive in runs.  I’d like to see the lineup I have posted below for a while, which puts Gwynn’s speed right out there to rattle other pitchers (if he can just get on base).  He deserves that chance.  The Dodgers need a number  two hitter

… and it ain’t Casey Blake!

  1. Furcal  SS
  2. Gwynn  LF
  3. Kemp  CF  (I like Kemp better in the #3 hole – speed in the first inning)
  4. Ethier  RF
  5. Blake  3B
  6. Loney  1B
  7. Uribe 2B
  8. Barajas  C

With the power in that lineup, Gwynn is a luxury the Dodgers can afford in LF.  Think about it Donnie.  It makes a lot of sense!

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6 Responses to “Just put Tony Gwynn, Jr. in LF and leave him alone”

  1. Bill Russell says:

    I second that motion………

  2. SpokaneBob says:

    Thats what I’ve been talking about since January. The team needs speed,consistency and the best defense posible. Gwynn fills the bill.

  3. Michael says:

    I concur. I was suprised when Paul started over Gwynn Wednesday after Tonys decent game the day before.
    That lineup looks good except I would swap Blake and Uribe.
    The problem is Donnie kind of etched it in stone that Ethier bats 3rd and Kemp cleanup. He also has set in his mind that Casey hits second. Thinking Donnie is a little hard-headed and is going to do it his way.

  4. Kevin says:

    I agree that Gwynn should be playing everyday however you have to hit Ethier 3rd, and Blake should be down in the lineup.

    1.) Furcal
    2.) Gwynn
    3.) Ethier (Ethier is our best hitter and your best hitter hits 3rd
    4.) Kemp
    5.) Loney
    6.) Uribe
    7.) Blake
    8.) Barajas

  5. Bobby says:

    i agree kevin.

    i also feel that this lineup is not one of the scariest lineups in baseball history.

    we need something else

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