Soriano Starts Season in Lead-Off Spot, Fukudome 2nd, Theriot 8th


Lou Piniella is making good on his threat to start the season with Alfonso Soriano in the lead-off hole and Kosuke Fukudome batting second.  The full line-up for Monday’s opener against the Astros:

Soriano, LF
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Bradley, RF
Ramirez, 3B
Fontenot, 2B
Soto, C
Theriot, SS
Zambrano, P

Lou goes with Milton Bradley in the clean-up spot and Aramis Ramirez 5th.  He preserves the lefty-righty alternation by having Mike Fontenot bat behind Aramis and Geovany Soto bat 7th.  One nice advantage to this line-up, at least when slugging Carlos Zambrano pitches, is the pop down at the bottom.  Unfortunately, you still have Soriano leading off, which I think is a mistake.  But, Lou’s the manager and I’m the blogger.  We’ll give it a few weeks and see how it works out.