If you’ve been paying attention for the last few months, I’ve been quick to point out that Johnny Cueto was the starting pitcher for the All-Star Game. It’s a nice shorthand for “The Giants sure were rolling in the first half!” Cueto started the All-Star Game because Madison Bumgarner wasn’t allowed to pitch on short rest, and everything was exciting in Giantsylvania.
This ... isn’t that. But it’s cool enough to point out. In a lineup comprised of some of the National League’s greatest sluggers, Buster Posey is going to hit cleanup. The full lineup:
- Charlie Blackmon - CF
- Giancarlo Stanton - DH
- Bryce Harper - RF
- Buster Posey - C
- Daniel Murphy - 2B
- Nolan Arenado - 3B
- Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
- Marcell Ozuna - LF
- Zack Cozart - SS
Max Scherzer is the starting pitcher. Good luck with that second half, Nationals.
While all this represents is a peek into the mind of Joe Maddon, it’s still strangely satisfying to see Posey hitting two spots ahead of Nolan Arenado.
The Giants have just one All-Star representative for the first time since the Tim Lincecum Era, and that’s a shame. But at least he’ll get a chance to show the world how Giants players drive in runs.