I think many of the OTM readers would have preferred Victorino to bat in one of the top spots lineup—I think the consensus would have put him in the two spot. However, Pedroia was a more popular choice for the two-spot, and Xander Bogaerts was the top choice for the third spot, forcing Victorino further down the line. Such are the dangers of the crowdsourced lineup. It produces some strange, strange results (and you'll have a chance to weigh in on this later).
But for now, we have some collateral damage in the roster spots. With Victorino installed in right field, and Mike Napoli at first, and David Ortiz at DH, Daniel Nava is now safely ensconced in left field. That means there's nowhere to stash either Jonny Gomes or Mike Carp.* So it's off to the bench for those two, and you'll have the following candidates to vote for in the number seven spot:
- 3B: Will Middlebrooks: 0.244/0.412
- CF: Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0.308/0.414
- C: A.J. Placeholder: 0.286/0.438
- CF: Grady Sizemore: 0.300/0.452 (note: data from 2011)
- C: David Ross: 0.298/0.382 (note: no splits because of small sample size)
Same rules as before apply. Vote for one candidate; top vote-getter becomes the number seven hitter. Note also that this is not a prognostication poll; the goal isn't trying to guess who Farrell will slot into each spot, but crowdsourcing preferences. You'll have until Thursday night to cast votes, so get cracking.
*No, you can't put Carp or Gomes at center. Or at catcher. Sorry.Victorino in the lineup means there's no room for Carp or Gomes. So now we're down to a 3B, some CFers, and catchers for the last three spots.