Melvin’s Error in Setting the Lineup
I have not been a fan of the top of the A’s order. Coco Crisp (.248/.309/.331) and Jemile Weeks (.216/.301/.297) have been an atrocious one-two. Perhaps it is selective memory but so frequently it seems that Josh Reddick gets up and then hits a solo jack because the bases have been left so painfully empty. With today’s lineup in Toronto, Bob Melvin decided to finally do something about it and he got it wrong.
The top of the order is a mess and I am not fan of Weeks who I think got pretty lucky early on in his career and rode that to heightened expectations he has fallen far short of this season, but Weeks, moved to ninth today versus the Blue Jays, isn’t the big problem: Coco is. Crisp is a veteran. We know what the best we are going to get out of him is, we have seen it, and he is past his prime. He should be moving down in the order while Weeks gets more at bats (even if ultimately he just screws them up). Perhaps this a product of the A’s now being “contenders” but even if it is, then Coco too should be kept away from the leadoff spot first and foremost, yet he sits there atop the lineup for the Blue Jays tonight in Toronto.
It’d be more productive if the A’s left Weeks up in the number two spot and moved a Seth Smith or Jonny Gomes into the leadoff position. While at the end of the day lineup order is not that significant a change in terms of how many wins a team might achieve, if you’re going to make a change make the right one.