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Is Tim Lincecum on Lou Piniella’s Fantasy Team?

May 6, 2009

Check out the lineup Sweet Lou trotted out yesterday afternoon against the reigning Cy Young Award winner:

1. Gathright CF
2. Miles SS
3. Fukudome RF
4. Lee 1B
5. Hoffpauir LF
6. Fontenot 3B
7. Scales 2B
8. Hill C
9. Marshall P


I mean, Fontenot isn’t a third baseman, but Aramis Ramirez is hurt, so no choice there. And D-Lee has earned the right to play himself out of the lineup, which he may be in the process of doing, but he hasn’t done it yet.

But Gathright’s speed is his only asset, and with a career .302 OBP, he doesn’t give himself much of a chance to use it; Miles has never been a good player (and really isn’t a shortstop) and is off to a .483 2009 OPS; Scales is a great story, but is still a 31 year old making his big-league debut; and Koyie Hill is the backup catcher, which you expect to see for any day game after a night game, but Hill may well be the worst-hitting non-pitcher in the Major Leagues.

On the bench, meanwhile (and apparently healthy), are Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Milton Bradley, Ryan Theriot, and Reed Johnson. Throw in the sort-of-injued A-Ram, and you’ve got 11 All-Star appearances, four top-ten MVP finishes, last year’s National League Rookie of the Year, last year’s American League OPS leader, one of the best offensive shortstops in the NL, and, well, Reed Johnson (who did hit .300 last year), all on the bench. For Joey Gathright and Aaron Miles.

My only theory: Lou Piniella is in a fantasy baseball league, and just really needs a win from Lincecum this period. Fukudome (the only legitimate starting position player who is playing like such this year and started for the Cubbies yesterday) is also on Lou’s team, but Soriano is on the roster of his closest competitor.

I’d like to see you come up with a better explanation for this nonsense…

And hey, guess what! it worked. For Lou’s fantasy team, that is.