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5.19.2005

Matching Wits 

I'm going to match wits with Felipe Alou. That guy is the wholesale package. Here's the lineup I would run out against lefty Jeff Francis tomorrow:

2B Durham
CF Ellison
LF Feliz
RF Alou
3B Alfonzo
1B Niekro
SS Cruz
C Torrealba
P Tomko

Except that right now Ellison is a better lead-off guy than Durham. Once on base, his speed is more distracting. If he's not leading off, his ability to leg out grounders is diminished with men on base (i.e., fielders can just go for the force), and he doesn't hit well with men on base -- better he leads off and Durham hits third or fifth. I have a sneaking suspicion that Felipe will give Moises the day off, which probably means more Grip. It's also possible that Durham will get a day off, too, which means Cruz plays 2B, Ellison leads off and Vizquel bats second.

So -- without endorsement -- here's the lineup I bet Alou will start tomorrow:

RF Ellison
SS Vizquel
3B Alfonzo
LF Feliz
1B Niekro
2B Cruz
CF Grissom
C Torrealba
P Tomko

Let's see how close I get.

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