kluber vs. simon
never have understood managers who insist on:
a) thinking you need a guy hitting second who is best at sacrificing, regardless of how much they don't hit or get on base. i mean, sweet jesus, aviles is "hitting" .251/.281/.326 for a whopping 73 OPS+
b) believing players will get all bent out of shape if they move up a spot in the batting order.
batting orders don't mean a ton, but i like this one a lot better (and i'm sure many of you could improve on it even more - for instance, swap kipnis and dickerson):
of course, they could DL swisher and call up aguilar or walters and get them some ABs. but i guess that would mean pulling team MVP aviles out of the lineup, so that's not an option.
and the funny thing is, i like aviles when used properly. what francona's doing with him is not proper.