Now that the 25-man roster is finally getting into shape — unlike Bartolo Colon — we can finally start to see what the team will look like come Monday. After yesterday's roster moves, the team will have much less facial hair, tattoos and hashtags.
So, I'm curious, AN. How would YOU write Oakland's lineup for Opening Night? I mean, we all know it's likely to be a 4-hit shutout by Felix Hernandez for what seems to be the 10th year in a row, so it doesn't matter too much. But it matters to some people, such as Bob Melvin.
You can write a serious lineup, with Coco Crisp leading off and Yoenis Cespedes batting cleanup and all that jazz.
Or you could do it by height, with Eric Sogard at the top of the lineup card and newly-acquired Nate Freiman in the 9 spot.
Actually this doesn't work because there are only 9 spots on a lineup card. Blame the DayQuil. Chris Young and Josh Reddick don't crack the lineup because they were unable to limbo.
- Eric Sogard, 2B
- Coco Crisp, CF
- Yoenis Cespedes (yes, he is really the same height as Eric Sogard), LF
- Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS
- Brandon Moss, RF
- Josh Donaldson, 3B
- Jed Lowrie, 1B
- Scott Sizemore, DH
- Derek Norris, C
Or you could put all names and positions into a hat, letting the lineup be completely random. Let's see what we get!
- Hiro Nakajima, RF
- Yoenis Cespedes, SS
- Chris Young, 1B
- Scott Sizemore, CF
- Derek Norris, LF
- Jed Lowrie, DH
- Brandon Moss, 3B
- Seth Smith, 2B
- Josh Reddick, C
Yes, the randomizer was awesome enough to put Cespedes at shortstop. Maybe it just knew what I was doing. With Reddick at catcher, I'm pretty sure the A's won't have to worry about stolen bases.
So, what would your Opening Night lineup look like?