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The 2 Spot Debate


The Giants have 3 guys to fill two spots in the order ahead of Pandoval and Mr. Posey. It's assumed that Angel Pagan is the Giants new leadoff hitter heading into 2012, but Melky was also acquired to hit atop the order and set the table for Buster and Pablo. This begs the question, where does Freddy Sanchez go?

The Giants won the World Series with Freddy Sanchez batting second in the order, it was a formula that seemed to be pretty damned successful. Pending his health, Freddy should be ready to go once the season starts back up again, and most of us expect that he'll be back in his normal spot in the batting order. This presents a peculiar pregunta though, where does Melky go if Freddy is batting number two? Do you bat him after Posey and Sandoval and before Huff and Schierholtz, do you drop him to the bottom of the order to spread the pop around? Or do you just boot Freddy out of the spot that he has rightfully earned during his tenure in San Francisco?

Here are a few of the possible lineups we could see in 2012:

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B

3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B

4. Buster Posey, C

5. Melky Cabrera, LF

6. Aubrey Huff, 1B

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Brandon Crawford / Mike Fontenot, SS

9. The guy on the bump

If I had to fill out a lineup card for opening day right now, this would be my first preference (Doesn't matter to me who bats 3rd and 4th between Pablo and Buster). This allows Freddy to stay in his spot at the top, and also allows Melky to protect Buster and Pablo, while setting the table for Aubrey and Nate. Not scary by any means, but with a couple breaks, it may not be nearly as terrible as we all fear. Now lets take a look at what the lineup would look like if we drop Freddy down in the order:

1. Angel Pagan, CF

2. Melky Cabrera, LF

3. Pablo Sandoval. 3B

4. Buster Posey, C

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Aubrey Huff, 1B

7. Freddy Sanchez, 2B

8. Whatever, SS

9. The majority of our payroll, P

1-4 looks good, 5-8 not so much. I really have no idea what the organizations plans are regarding Freddy's spot in the batting order, so I pose the question to the next most qualified group of individuals, you lot. Keep Freddy at 2 or drop him down?

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