How to Make a Baseball Lineup

I thought Donnie might need some help, so I consulted the Internet.  I found the following from


1.  Decide what player is most likely to hit for a base hit. This doesn’t mean a power hitter but just someone who has the best average of making a hit. Write this player’s name in the number one spot. To the right of the player’s name write in the position he is playing. The position is shortened into two letters, such as 1B for first base, LF for left field and SS for short stop.

2.  Write in the second and third batters directly under the first. These players are also likely to make it on base but you also want these players to be fast. This is because they are likely to steal a base to make their way into scoring position.

3.  Determine what player has the most power on your team (the individual must likely to hit a home run). Position this individual in the number four spot. This is because if the first three players got on base you are more likely to obtain four runs from a home run (instead of one or two if you moved him further up in the lineup). The fifth batter also has a good amount of power and write in this player on the five spot.

4.  Fill in the remaining four players in the six through nine spot. Typically the lower the chances of each individual reaching base, the lower the spot in the batting order. This is because the further you are in the batting order the fewer times you are going to bat each game.


89 Responses to How to Make a Baseball Lineup

  1. crash24now says:

    It ain’t rocket science!

  2. crash24now says:

    Donnie Dumbbell’s Lineup

    Gordon 2B
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Crawford LF
    Kemp RF
    Turner 3B
    Ellis C
    Haren P

  3. Dodger4life says:

    I’m gonna miss the next two games. The towns yearly festival is upon us. It’s mostly really, really, really, drunk girls and music, till 2am.
    The team has been playing better baseball, I hope to read the same in the morning…I also hope to survive till morning…
    Enjoy the game and yes, I will drink a beer for each of you.

  4. kahliforni says:

    Donnie is probably dyslexic…I’m sure he meant to flip-flop Ramirez and Gonzalez and to flip-flop Crawford and Kemp. If I didn’t know better, I’d say Crawford is the coach’s son. For a number 5 hitter, he has a lower slugging percentage than Arruebarrena and a lower OPS (on base plus plus slugging) than Arruebarrena and Figgins. All that said, AJ Ellis makes Crawford look like Babe Ruth.

    • crash24now says:

      This could be AJ’s last year as the starting catcher. I suppose we’ll wait to see what he does in August and September.

      • 32and53fan says:

        They should offer him a coaching job, training him to be a manager. Great Falls would be a good start. It’s a lot closer to his Wisconsin home than L. A.

  5. trublu4ever says:

    I still don’t see how a .240 hitting CC is a better choice than Dre!.I know Andre has been a good guy about it but, I AM PISSED OFF!

  6. lbirken says:

    Donnie finally has a (mostly) set line up, the team is 3.5 games in front when about two weeks ago they were 1.5 games back, and has a 6 game winning streak. Kemp looks like a completely different player, Puig hasn’t made a costly mistake in a long time, Gordon is playing like a veteran but some things never change with all the complaints about the lineups. You guys are tough!

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    I’m wondering if Donnie gets the concept, but just has really REALLY poor player recognition.

  8. griz says:

    I wonder about Crawford’s place in the order, but this is working. He’s got to see better pitches hitting in front of Kemp. I think we should go with this for awhile.

  9. I was so excited – WGN is broadcasting the game tonight. Reconciled to not hearing Vinny, but happy to be able to watch the game. Guess what – We’re blacked out! No fair!!

    • 32and53fan says:

      Sorry to hear that. I started recording the WGN feed, then was able to synchronize it with the radio feed from MLB at Bat. I didn’t time it, but the TV must be around 30 seconds ahead of the radio. It was nice listening to Vin for the first three innings.

  10. enchantedbeaver says:


  11. After the dust clears it’s 1-0 Dodgers.

  12. Valbuena HRs 1-1. Nothing new with Haren.

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Not sure why they don’t give Lee a shot. He can’t be any worse than Haren.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Lee hasn’t been consistent enough, to warrant a call-up. Having said that, they couldn’t package him in a deal. So, if Ned can’t find a healthy Cliff Lee… Ah heck, we’re screwed…then again, Honeycutt has faced worse … He has actually done a fantastic job, as our pitching coach… Lets hope he has these guys figured out again.

  14. This is looking pretty bad so far. 4-1 Cubs.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    I think the CC experiment is over! He blows!!!

  16. kahliforni says:

    Ned, be sure to check the waiver wire before hitting the sack tonight…

  17. enchantedbeaver says:

    Haren shit the bed again tonight. Bring up Lee, Reed, whoever, but you can’t keep sending that POS out there.

  18. Why was Puig taken out? I can’t find any info . . . .

  19. lbirken says:

    Just as we were getting a little excited about the way things were going a crappy game like this brings us back to reality. Hopefully the Dodgers don’t lose more than this game and a game in the standings.

  20. I think Dan Haren should come up with one of those mystery ailments.

  21. Where’s the Piano Man when you need him??!!

  22. Dodger4life says:

    Here is my semi-drunk two cents on Andre. I remember earlier in his career, when he worked on driving the ball the other way against lefty’s. Mainly, ’cause the kept cutting the outside of the plate on him. He worked on it in the spring. Then when the season opened he did just that…drove that pitch the other way, constantly for a while… Those were the lean years, Andre was asked to be, well, not exactly the leader…there were plenty of them at the time, but asked to be a major player in the offense. He did pretty well, even know it seemed like he was always playing either, through, or, with an injury. I know I said earlier, that I thought ‘Dre needed to play everyday to be a valued bench bat. I was wrong. Give ‘Dre, time to not only get healthy, but get Opening Day healthy, then, prepare him for hitting the FUCKIN’ baseball…however they do that, The cage, the cage again…simulated at bats, scouting… And, hell…. Something good might happen… A healthy ‘Dre, down the stretch and in the post season… Yeah, I’ll gamble on that.

  23. griz says:

    Guess we were due for a clinker. The kid starting for the Cubs looked pretty hittable with no results and Haren looked the same with the Cubs not missing too many. Sloppy play and injuries make for an ugly result. What’s that saying for turn the page?

  24. JhallWally says:

    Yowwee, what a stinker…. Oh well, it is going to happen. Just can’t let it happen very often… Unfortunately, with Haren, it is happening too often… He needs to be replaced and soon… I hope to god they don’t let his option for next year vest.. Hey, bring up one of the kids. Give them a look. They can’t do any worse than Haren… We really need Beckett to come thru right now. Our #5 starter sucks, we can’t afford to have a real stinker at #4.

    Go Dodgers, let’s whip’em today/tonight…..

  25. trublu4ever says:

    Maholm…..torn ACL … down …. now what?!

  26. trublu4ever says:

    … I think Paco was recalled.

  27. kahliforni says:

    Dodgers in a strange spot. Look at guys like Matt Cain and Cliff Lee, both probably out for the remainder of the year, and one has to think that the good health of Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu could vanish in a flash, like Malholm. The A’s and Tigers both “went for it” at the trading deadline. In contrast, the Dodgers kept prospects Pederson, Urias and Seager. What exactly is the window of opportunity for the Dodgers? Two years…three years…four years? Less? Just this year? We all know pitching is what wins championships. Their three studs on the mound are healthy and productive right now. How long will that last? Perhaps a roll of the dice might have been a better plan, in retrospect, of course.

  28. trublu4ever says:


    Gordon, 2b
    J. Turner, 1b
    Hanley, SS
    Matt, RF
    SVS. CF
    Uribe, 3b
    Crawford, lf
    Butera, C
    Ryu, P

  29. kahliforni says:

    STILL no Ethier…very strange……………..I thought Donnie, at least, like to keep players from going stale and losing any sense of in-game timing and intensity.

  30. trublu4ever says:

    CC …. 2 for 12 …. so why?!

  31. I went somewhere tonight and got back just a while ago. Looks like the Dodgers are struggling here with Wada.

  32. Got back in time to see KEMP blast #12 with a man on.

    • Dodger4life says:

      My legs aren’t quite sea-worthy today. So, I decided to stay home tonight and watch the game.

      I too, turned on the ballgame just in time to see Kemp’s blast.

  33. Were all tied up here.

  34. enchantedbeaver says:

    I see Donnie’s totally mismanaged his BP and bench already for an extra inning game. How did this guy ever get to be a manager?

    • crash24now says:

      You must have been asleep. Donnie was anointed by the great one, the Hall-of-Fame manager, Joe Torre. Excuse me while I gag.

      With these two offenses, this game will go on until the earlier of 4:00 am or when one of the defenses totally screws up.

  35. crash24now says:

    Gordon sets up the possibility, but Dodgers still need a hit with RISP.

  36. crash24now says:

    Time for Hanley to make his mark.

  37. Dodger4life says:


  38. I’ve a big day tomorrow (Mets vs Giants) at Citi field and I was just about to call it quits after this inning. Then Hanley belted it.

  39. How sweet! And the gnats did their losing earlier today, so we gain another game on them. AWESOME!!

  40. lbirken says:

    It was a bit strange being at Dodger Stadium last night with rain falling.

  41. enchantedbeaver says:

    Don’t think Dre is long for this team, at worst in the off season and at best put on the waiver wires. Can certainly see why he isn’t playing. He’s K-ing at Andruw type rates.

    • kahliforni says:

      Fearless leader is hardly putting him in a position to succeed. If I let you go to the toilet every ten days, you might forget how to excrete your waste by-products, to put it politely.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        You have to admit though, his skill set has been going rapidly downhill for quite some time.

        Two things I don’t get though. Doggedly holding Pederson out when he’s Dre’s and Crawford’s superior both with the bat and with the glove, and not calling up Lee [or whomever] to take Haren’s spot. You can’t go 2 out of every 5 days knowing you’re going to lose. Haren guarantees one of those, and now Beckett does too.

  42. zonadodger says:

    League sucks..Perez sucks..Did I say League sucks lol..Agree enchanted Pederson should be up. Z Lee should take Harens spot….

  43. zonadodger says:

    Very hard to watch this team

  44. messagebear says:

    On a more serious note, I think there is a lack of major league level talent to sustain all the teams we now have in both leagues. If we’re the best team in National League, as our record would indicate, that speaks to my point that there are too many players around who shouldn’t be major leaguers. How to remedy that?

    Let’s eliminate four teams from each league at the rate of one team per year. Starting with 2015, the team with the worst record in each league will be GONE the following season, and its players will be redistributed among the remaining teams if anybody bids for them. After four years of that we should be able to see some better quality ball, and I’m for that.

    Looking at it another way, this could be good for the economy. For instance, there is supposedly a serious shortage of long distance truck drivers. Now, the unwanted ballplayers could fill these important employment slots and probably be more productive than they are in major league baseball. Just picture Crawford and Ethier in the cab of a serious eighteenwheeler – see what I mean? On the other hand, I’m not sure that League and Perez could handle an eighteenwheeler, but you can’t help everybody.

  45. kahliforni says:

    I pondered our beloved Dodgers as I was driving home just now. Not trading the prospects made sense for an obvious reason: the majority of the Dodgers are already on the backside of their careers (as enchanted has been alluding to): AJ Ellis, Gonzalez, Ramirez, Uribe, Crawford as starters. Ethier, Butera, Wilson, Perez, League, Wright, Beckett, Haren, Malholm. Dodgers in their prime or approaching it: Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Gordon, Puig, Kemp, Jansen, Paco Rodriguez, JP Howell, Turner, Van Slyke. This is not a young team–far from it. If the window of opportunity for this team is right now, I shudder, because there are lots of holes, if a World Championship is the goal.

  46. I missed most of the game today as I was at Citi Field with my daughter watching the Giants slaughter the Mets who got only two hits off Bumgarner.
    To me, I think Beckett and Haren are holding the Dodgers back and I’m sure they’ll be replaced pretty soon.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    I didn’t get to watch the game today (thank goodness) because I enjoyed watching Nellyjune run her triathlon. She was amazing ….the Dodgers were not!

    • trublu4ever says:

      …by the way, this was her third one!

    • JhallWally says:

      You made the right choice… The Dodgers sucked again this evening… Beckett sucked, but League and Perez sucked even worse… Why are these two still on the team… Good Grief, as Nelly would say…. We were still in the game until League and Perez came in… Good god Dildon, get a freaking clue… They suck……. Come on Nedcompoop, DFA these worthless bastards and try something different….

      Go Nelly… Give her my regards Tru….

  48. griz says:

    bear is quite correct. MLB is a diluted product, especially when you consider the cost of going to the games.

  49. JhallWally says:

    This team has real problems… If you are not going to trade the prospects for some help, then bring them up and see what they can do.. They can’t do any worse than what you are putting out there now…. Good Grief!!!!!!!!!!

  50. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Man it’s tough when you lose a series to a sub .500 team but that’s baseball. Nice going Nelly.

  51. messagebear says:

    I suspect much of this bringing up the prospects earlier or waiting until September has to do with vesting them with arbitration rights a year early. This is Ned’s domain, and the whole issue is half laughable to me when you consider the ultra millions being paid to guys in free agency. Wouldn’t it be worth bringing up guys like Pederson and Lee, and whoever else to see how they perform at the major league level now and determine whether there will be anything worth arbitrating a couple of years hence?

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Dammit bear, there you go bringing logic and common sense into it again.

      Like Wally said, you either go out and get what you need, or you play some of the prospects you thought irreplaceable. You don’t do neither.

      Ned forgets it was a rookie Puig that got them to the show last year, and it was guys like Withrow and Paco that saved the bully. It was also young guys like Kemp, Dre and Billz that got them there in years past. Now he has a total disdain for rookies and won’t even give them an opportunity, but he’ll hold onto shit like League and Perez like they’re gold. Maholm’s injury was a blessing because it finally got him off the team.

      This club will never win anything as long as Ned’s making out the roster and Donnie’s running it. Its just that plain and simple.

      • messagebear says:

        I think “You’ve got It”!
        By golly, I think “You’ve Got It”!

        But Ned will never learn, and Donnie will never change…
        and I think Kasten is just getting old and out of it.

  52. lbirken says:

    I am not so sure the Dodgers have anyone in the minor leagues ready to step in and make a big contribution today. I understand the argument that they could not be any worse but it could from a longer range view of the player’s confidence, value, etc. I do agree that the Dodgers cannot just settle for losing 2 of 5 games because the lack of starting pitching in the 4 and 5 spot just means the bullpen gets overworked and might not be as effective in the close games. The most glaring deficiency of this team is its inability to come back late in games and its inability to score runs when the bases are loaded. The Dodgers might be able to win all those 3-2 games when the first 3 in the rotation pitch but not always, and certainly not when the back of the rotation, whoever it is, is on the mound. I also have to acknowledge the up and down performances from League, Perez and Wright. Some days they are good and some days they are just terrible. Something tells me this will be a bumpy ride to the finish.

  53. messagebear says:

    I expect what we need most at this time from the farm system are two starting pitchers to substitute for Harlen and Becket, especially since Maholm is now gone. Got to thank Harlen and Becket for the wins they gave us in the first couple of months, but I think they’ve given us all that they had left in the tank for this year, and Mayholm never did have much to start with. I don’t see much promise in starting pitchers on the farm – Patterson doesn’t show much, Magill has been tried and was lacking; Fife I haven’t heard from lately, and Lee keeps slipping even in the prospect standings. But, if we’re going to lose practically every time that Harlen and Becket are scheduled, why not at least give Lee a chance. I don’t expect a great deal, but if he was worth a first round pick a couple of years ago, he should be at least worth a try before we close the book on him. What’s the worst that could happen – is he going to lose any worse than Harlen or Becket? That would at least tell us something, but he could surprise. So, what’s to lose?

  54. kahliforni says:

    At least the Dodgers are on TV the next four nights, thanks to good old Fox Sports and the Angels. This TV thing is an abomination on the Guggenheims. My disdain for this entire organization grows daily. And that makes me sad because I’ve always bled Dodger Blue. The only innocent characters are the players on the field, trying to bust their collective asses on a team aging too fast and listing with gaping holes.

  55. trublu4ever says:

    Giants won.

  56. kahliforni says:

    Kemp wins NL Player of the Week

  57. koufax1963 says:

    The Dodgers enter the challenge part of August, looked great sweeping gnats and Braves, and I thought the Cubs would be a push over, wrong of me and I knew better. The Dodgers played some sloppy D in game 1 of the Cubs and Game 3 let League do his beleagured thing. So maholm and Perez are now on DL, yea! bring up some pitching that can do just that: Pitch!

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