In my recent article describing the optimal Astros lineup, I described that every night might have a different answer depending on if the SP was RH or LH and what their dominant pitch types were.
So today, let's do the quick application of that thought process. Let's compare the optimal Astros lineup with the choices Dusty Baker has made today.
Today's pitcher is - Johnny Cueto for the Marlins. His pitch mix this year has been.
Cueto is a RH Fastball dominant pitcher. My optimal lineup would be.
Abreu is on the IL. Hensley has been added to the tables.
At the bottom I also added the table that projects vs. Cueto's pitch mix.
This is the lineup Dusty is rolling out.
My thoughts on today's lineup:
It's HAPPENING- DIAZ IS CATCHING JAVIER!!
I have zero complaints about this lineup. Yes, you read that right.
Overall, I would rate this lineup a 10!
Who will RAKE for the Astros tonight? Everybody
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Here is the lineup vs. Cueto's pitch mix. Projected 0.352 xwOBA!