Thursday, April 16, 2009

Who’s on 1st, or 2nd, or 3rd?

Game 7: Bulls 0, Braves 3
Season: 6-1
Wrap, Box

Price did OK. Covered elsewhere. Bulls lost their first game.

But I’m confused. I sure hope I’m the only one.

I don’t understand what Montoyo’s doing with his lineup.

So far this year in only seven games we’ve had 3 different players start at catcher, 3 at 1st, 2 at 2nd, 4 at 3rd, 2 at short, 4 in left field, 3 in center, and 5 in right. I don’t understand this moving guys around.

What’s really weird is, until tonight, only 1 error had been committed (Nowak at 1st base, 2nd game).

I guess it’s possible that Tampa Bay has told Charlie that they want outfielder generalists. If so, then that might explain why all of our outfielders have played in all the outfield positions at least once (except for Matt Joyce who’s only played in two games so far, and played right field and left field). But that doesn’t explain three different 1st basemen and four different 3rd basemen in only seven games.

It does make some sense for two positions. Reid Brignac has made six starts at shortstop, so maybe tonight was just a day off. And Michel Hernandez was called down to the Rays so Jamieson got a start at catcher last night.

It did seem to bite us tonight. Adam Kennedy in his first start at 3rd made a throwing error in the 2nd inning that set up the Braves’ first run. Jaso’s throwing error on the double steal in the 8th brought in another run. But overall the loss was really as much about Bull’s not hitting with men in scoring position as it was about the errors.

If someone out there has any good ideas about what’s going on, let me know.


  1. I have been wondering the same thing, and don't have any good ideas. I just hope that this is an early season thing, and we can settle into a regular lineup.

  2. Adam Sobsky, in a terrific article on last night's game, has a couple of thoughts on the matter at