I've seen almost no discussion about this, but perhaps I've been negligent in my pre-season blog and newspaper reading (hard to believe, but possible.) But is anyone else a little concerned about Dunn hitting second? Splitting up the lefties makes sense, but why are we wasting dunn's power in the second spot (unless it's just a way to give Marty a chance to complain about all of Dunn's one-run homers)? He strikes out too much to take advantage of Freel's speed on hit-and-runs, and he's unlikely to get good pitches to hit because who would be afraid of Phillips coming up behind him?
Seems like we're going to see a lot of the following scenarios.
Freel gets on base, steals second, and Dunn is walked, wasting Dunn's power.
Freel gets on base, is thrown out when Dunn whiffs on the hit and run.
Freel doesn't get on base and Dunn hits a one-run HR.
Freel doesn't get on base, Dunn whiffs, and there are two outs for Phillips.
Hard to see Dunn picking up more than 80, 85 RBIs hitting #2.
I don't know, I don't see the point. Am I missing some element of the Narron genius?
And another thing, why Phillips in the 3 spot rather than Encarnacion, who gets on just as much and drives in more runs.
Ah, baseball. Those 5 months of the off-season when you have nothing to bitch about are just torture, aren't they?