So if you haven't heard yet, Ned Yost confirmed his stupidity to the whole world yesterday, when he once again decided to tinker with his lineup. The team had won 10 of 15 and was playing good baseball in response to the culture shift implemented by big bad GM Dayton Moore. Then Ned just decides that Alex Gordon isn't "prototypical" enough to bat leadoff anymore. His logic seems to be that Alex was scoring too many runs and prefers him to get RBIs instead. Ned thinks there is a difference between the two, and that the whole problem this season has been the third spot in the lineup.
Yes, Ned, the middle of the lineup has been a problem, however it's because Eric Hosmer has sucked! Not because Chris Getz and Jarrod Dyson haven't been at the top of the lineup. You've tried this before Ned, it doesn't work. Yes, we would love for Gordon to be hitting third, but this isn't the important point, the important issue here is that you don't have a leadoff hitter. I love Dyson, but he's a fun nine hole hitter not Rickey Henderson. It's like Ned is the guy from Memento and can't remember when he's done something before.
This tells you that he shouldn't be given credit for putting Gordon leadoff; it was purely accidental. If you do something that works and then decide to change it, this means that you had no idea it was actually working. Move Billy Butler up, tell Hosmer to grow up and hit third or fourth, but don't change a strategy that has been working all year.
Lets hope this is the beginning of the end for Yosty. This is not the move of a winning manager.