I have been gazing into my crystal ball and here is what I see as the Dodgers Opening Day Starting Lineup:
- Crawford LF
- Ellis 2B
- Kemp CF
- Gonzo 1B
- Ethier RF
- Ramirez SS
- Uribe 3B
- Ellis C
OK, I know you think I have been hitting the crack pipe way too much by saying that Juan Uribe will win the 3B job, but that’s my opinion. Of course, I could be very wrong.
That leave 16 more spots – who do they go to?
That leaves some pretty good pitchers off the roster, like Javy Guerra, Matt Guerrier, Paco Rodriguez, Scott Elbert (on DL) and Shawn Tolleson. Of course, Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly are not a given and their arms could fall off at any time. In fact, the odds are one of them will not open the season on the active roster… maybe both.
If the Dodgers carry 12 pitchers (and I think they will), that only leaves 5 subs. Fortunately, all except Fed-Ex can play multiple positions and Fed-Ex can probably play 1B. Not many subs, but a lot or versatility.
- Fedex – C, 1B
- Hairston – 3B, 2B, 1B, RF, LF
- Schumaker, 3B, 2B, 1B, LF, CF, RF
- Castellanos – 3B, 2B, LF, RF
- Herrera – 3B, SS, 2B, LF, CF, RF