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what the lineup could look like in soon.

posted Jul 28, 2009, 1:16 PM by R. Brett Rosson
  1. Jordan Schafer - CF
  2. Martin Prado - 2B
  3. Chipper Jones - 3B
  4. Jason Heyward - RF
  5. Brian McCann - C
  6. Yunel Escobar - SS
  7. Nate McLouth - LF
  8. Casey Kotchman/Freddie Freeman - 1B
  9. Pitcher
I don't know whether to put Schafer at the top of the lineup or at the bottom. He has the tools to be the best leadoff man the Braves have had since Furcal. This would mean McLouth would be down in the lineup, but that would also give him more RBI chances. I don't see a weak spot in this lineup. This team will be able to score plenty of runs, and will be very young except for Chipper.

Here's what the starting rotation will look like:
  1. Derek Lowe
  2. Javier Vazquez
  3. Jair Jurrjens
  4. Tommy Hanson
  5. Kenshin Kawakami
Yes, I know I have left out Tim Hudson. I would love to see the Braves be able to pick up his option for one more year. In my opinion in order for this to happen, he will have to re-work it. Maybe spread some of his payments out over a couple of years. Tim Hudson isn't shy about it, he has said a couple of times he loves playing here. He lives in Alabama, and I think he would love to finish his career here. He is a great pitcher and a gamer. Where does he fit? Do you trade one of your starters in the offseason for a bat? Will Heyward be ready by next year? If so, where would you need the additional bat? 1st base?