Leadoff Men

Leadoff Hitters

Today let's take a look at each team's projected leadoff hitter.

Updated 3-25-08 at 8:40am

American League

Baltimore Orioles - Brian Roberts (if not traded), Adam Jones.  I talked to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec about this one.  He was of the opinion that the Orioles' new second baseman or shortstop (say Felipe Lopez or Ronny Cedeno) might get the gig if Roberts is dealt.  Otherwise he thought Dave Trembley could try Jones for lack of a better option.

Boston Red Sox - Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Julio Lugo.  So as not to push pressure on Ellsbury, he'll start at the bottom.

Chicago White Sox - Jerry Owens, Nick Swisher.  Another unsettled situation.  Owens would need to win the left field job for this to make sense. 

Cleveland Indians - Grady Sizemore.  Ah, an easy one.

Detroit Tigers - Curtis Granderson (if healthy), Edgar Renteria, Ivan Rodriguez.  Another straightforward one, at least when Grandy comes back in late April.

Kansas City Royals - David DeJesus.  Not much competition here.

Minnesota Twins - Carlos Gomez.  I really don't know how this one plays out, with all of last year's leadoff hitters out of the picture.

New York Yankees - Johnny Damon.  This one's set.

Los Angeles Angels - Chone Figgins, Gary Matthews Jr.  This situation is not set in stone, but the #2 slot is now free with Orlando Cabrera gone.

Oakland Athletics - Travis Buck.  Completely a guess; Shannon Stewart is gone now.

Seattle Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki.  No questions here.

Tampa Bay Rays - Akinori Iwamura.  He had the gig last year, and could surprise with 100 runs.

Texas Rangers - Ian Kinsler.  Other options exist, but the Rangers' tentative plan seems to try Kinsler exclusively at leadoff.

Toronto Blue Jays - David Eckstein, Shannon StewartReed Johnson's out of the picture, Eckstein's in.

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks - Chris Young, Eric Byrnes.  Haven't heard anything Young losing the gig, despite the subpar OBP last year.

Atlanta Braves - Kelly Johnson.  KJ could have a huge year.

Chicago Cubs - Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome.  Theriot has the job, unless Lou moves Alfonso Soriano back or the Cubs acquire Roberts.  But you never know with Lou, who recently proposed the (smart) idea of "Fooky" batting first.

Cincinnati Reds - Corey Patterson, Scott Hatteberg.  Dusty tried this before with C-Patt and it didn't work.  Maybe I'm wrong on this guess. 

Colorado Rockies - Willy Taveras - All Willy's if he's healthy.  Otherwise, maybe Scotty Po.

Florida Marlins - Hanley Ramirez.  Status quo for Fredi Gonzalez.

Houston Astros - Michael Bourn.  100 runs and 50 steals, not out of the question.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre.  Big year for Furcal.

Milwaukee Brewers - Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart.  It's Weeks' job if he's healthy and hitting.

New York Mets - Jose Reyes.  Simple one.

Philadelphia Phillies - Jimmy Rollins.  Another simple one.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan.  McLouth could be a cheap source of HR/SB/runs.

San Diego Padres - Brian Giles.  Won't be sharing it with his brother this year.

San Francisco Giants - Dave Roberts, Randy Winn, Rajai Davis.  Depends who's playing on that day.

St. Louis Cardinals - Skip Schumaker.  Could work out if he's able to draw a walk.

Washington Nationals - Felipe Lopez, Cristian Guzman.  Not sure if Lopez will stay with the team or how often he'll start.

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