A couple of days back, I suggested that Joe Mauer’s return would allow the Twins to create a batting order featuring Mauer/Morneau/Kubel in the No. 2/3/4 spots. Gardy has since said that Mauer will return to the No. 3 spot, which I’m not going to quibble about.
The bigger question that came up in some of the comments was the wisdom of my suggestion that those three left-handers bat consecutively. There was a healthy dose of “conventional wisdom” and “you don’t do that, DUH!” being tossed around.
And you thought conventional wisdom had no place on the Internet?
My position was based on the fact that, if you look back on the 2008 season, Gardy’s primary lineup against right-handed pitchers evolved by midseason into Mauer/Morneau/Kubel in those three spots. I think the Twins can do this because, with Mauer and Morneau, it doesn’t much matter whether there’s a lefty or righty on the mound. So the only issue against a nasty lefty late in the game is whether you bring up a right-hander to hit for Kubel.
Given the makeup of this year’s team, there should be a good right-handed option on the bench.
So, with Mauer batting third, here’s how I’d go for now: Span, of; Harris ss/2b or Casilla, 2b; Mauer, c; Morneau, 1b; Kubel, lf/rf; Crede, 3b; Buscher, dh; Cuddyer, rf or Gomez, cf, or Young, lf; Punto/Harris, ss.
Back to you all.