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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    Sorry David, forgot to “clarify” – yes, if we see the ’11/’12 version of Gordon and Infante has a .340+ OBP, I would put Omar in the 2 hole and bat Gordon 3rd. This would drop Butler to 5th, where his bat can still do positive damage, but his legs (lack-there-of) and double play propensity (negative damage). Infante, with a .340+ OBP, is a good 2 hole option because he handles the bat and is not prone to striking out (it’s been 10 years since he had more than 73 SO’s in a season). Again, the difference in AB’s over the course of a season is minimal between 2nd and 3rd position, but the value of Gordon/Hosmer/Butler hitting behind productive table setters of Aoki/Infante makes it worth the drop. I have to admit that several planets have to align for this to scenario to happen (much like your comments on a “successful” ’14, this is my optimism for the coming season!

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    Kevin Scobee

    You’re welcome for the blog post muse, David.

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    David Lesky

    So if Gordon hits like he did in 2011/2012, which was awesome, you’d drop him to get less plate appearances? I don’t follow that logic.

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    David, maybe a bit surprising, but I agree completely with your thinking. Actually, I think Aoki is the obvious lead-off hitter, at least considering all the other choices. Also, Escobar hits last all year, even if he starts hitting like the ’12 version. And 6 thru 8 can change as results change during the course of the season, but for now, you’ve got it lined up just fine. After several weeks, if Infante is hitting over .300 with a .340+ OBP and Gordon is looking like the ’11/’12 version and controlling the strike zone, you could then make a case for moving Omar to #2 and dropping Gordon down a bit – but only after several weeks and not a hot streak.

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