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Ramirez Starting, Coghlan Leading Off, Lineup Shuffle

             Hanley Ramirez is starting this afternoon against the Mets. But the most significant development might be the decision to bat Chris Coghlan first, ahead of Emilio Bonifacio. Coghlan reached base three times on Friday with a triple and pair of walks, raising his on-base percentage to .342. That compares to Bonifacio's OBP of .284.

            Only two leadoff hitters with a minimum of 100 at bats have lower on-base percentages than Bonifacio: Atlanta's Kelly Johnson (.277) and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (.263).

            While Coghlan is only hitting .217. he has walked the same number of times (12) as Bonifacio in one-third of the at bats.

             Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Josh Johnson, p.


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Now we will see if Bonifacio can at least advance Coghlan a base when he steps up. Hopefully, Coghlan can continue to get on base. It would be nice to see a man on 2nd or 3rd when Ramirez and Cantu come to the plate.


You just have to scratch your head, and scratch real hard when looking at this lineup!

Bonifacio is the absolute worst when is comes to situational hitting. He misses signs, cant get a bunt down to move a runner, cant get a ball deep enough for a sac fly, etc.....

I just don't get this! What is the difference between having Coghlan bat 1st or 2nd at this point? Bonifacio is STILL there, at the top of the lineup!

Fredi is ANTI batting lefties back to back....and it's obvious! But I think he has to get over that! It's ruining the lineup! Hermida should still be batting 2nd behind Coghlan BUT they are both lefties. Fredi fears the late inning lefty pitcher coming in to face them, BUT consider this, you will face the righty for most likely 5-7 innings, and the lefty out of the pen for 1 ab! Wouldn't you rather have the better lineup for the majority of the game? Rather than a bad lineup just in case the situation arrives where they bring in a lefty late in the game?

Honestly, what is the thinking here? Let diminish the top of the lineup so that we don't bat two consecutive lefties? The Phillies aren't placing righty (or switch hitters) in between Utley, Howard and Ibanez....that'll just be dumb!


I sure am glad I am looking bad from my last post!!!! Glad to see we are winning!


Boni is the man


Where all the Hermida haters now?

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