2015 MLB Season Preview: Straying From the Status Quo: A Sabermetrically Optimized Look at Opening Day Lineups – Part 6 AL East

In Part 4, we dissect the lineups for the American League East Division teams: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles.

New York Yankees –

Opening Day

1. Ellsbury, CF
2. Gardner, B, LF
3. Beltran, RF
4. Teixeira, 1B
5. McCann, C
6. Headley, 3B
7. Rodriguez, Al, DH
8. Drew, 2B
9. Gregorius, SS

Optimized Lineup

1. Headley, 3B
2. Ellsbury, CF
3. Teixeira, 1B
4. McCann, C
5. Beltran, RF
6. Gardner, B, LF
7. Rodriguez, Al, DH
8. Gregorius, SS
9. Drew, 2B

Boston Red Sox –

Opening Day

1. Betts, CF
2. Pedroia, 2B
3. Ortiz, D, DH
4. Ramirez, H, LF
5. Sandoval, 3B
6. Napoli, 1B
7. Nava, RF
8. Bogaerts, SS
9. Leon, S, C*

Optimized Lineup

1. Ortiz, D, DH
2. Napoli, 1B
3. Betts, CF
4. Ramirez, H, LF
5. Sandoval, 3B
6. Pedroia, 2B
7. Bogaerts, SS
8. Nava, RF
9. Leon, S, C*

Toronto Blue Jays –

Opening Day

1. Reyes, SS
2. Martin, R, C
3. Bautista, RF
4. Encarnacion, 1B
5. Donaldson, 3B
6. Navarro, DH
7. Pompey, CF
8. Pillar, LF*
9. Travis, 2B

Optimized Lineup

1. Bautista, RF
2. Donaldson, 3B
3. Reyes, SS
4. Encarnacion, 1B
5. Martin, R, C
6. Navarro, DH
7. Pillar, LF*
8. Travis, 2B
9. Pompey, CF

Tampa Bay Rays –

Opening Day

1. Jaso, DH
2. Souza, Jr., RF
3. Cabrera, A, SS
4. Longoria, 3B
5. Loney, 1B
6. Jennings, D, LF
7. Rivera, Re, C
8. Forsythe, 2B*
9. Kiermaier, CF

Optimized Lineup

1. Jaso, DH
2. Souza, Jr., RF
3. Loney, 1B
4. Longoria, 3B
5. Jennings, D, LF
6. Cabrera, A, SS
7. Kiermaier, CF
8. Forsythe, 2B*
9. Rivera, Re, C

Baltimore Orioles –

Opening Day

1. De Aza, LF
2. Machado, M, 3B
3. Jones, Ad, CF
4. Pearce, 1B
5. Snider, RF
6. Young, D, DH^^
7. Flaherty, SS*
8. Schoop, 2B
9. Joseph, C*

Optimized Lineup

1. Pearce, 1B
2. Machado, M, 3B
3. De Aza, LF
4. Jones, Ad, CF
5. Snider, RF
6. Young, D, DH^^
7. Schoop, 2B
8. Flaherty, SS*
9. Joseph, C*

* denotes replacement for injured player; ^^ denotes player replacing suspended player

Note: The Boston Red Sox opening day lineup was taken from game #4 as they started the season in Philadelphia, a non-DH ballpark

This information shows us that the Tampa Bay Rays (not surprisingly) have the closest opening day lineup to optimized lineup. Ex- manager Joe Maddon was a large support of using sabermetrics (to a point) and to start the year, appears to be used either by front office still, or new manager Kevin Cash. The Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles all would have unorthodox leadoff hitters (Bautista, Ortiz, Headley, Pearce) as they are their respective teams’ “slugger.”

Thus concludes our 6 part look at the possible optimized lineups for each club in the major leagues. Make sure you check back frequently as we will be following the progress of the teams and  what each optimized lineup could’ve been bringing them!

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Click to view – 2015 MLB Season Preview: Straying From the Status Quo: A Sabermetrically Optimized Look at Opening Day Lineups – Part 5 AL Central

Click to view – 2015 MLB Season Preview: Straying From the Status Quo: A Sabermetrically Optimized Look at Opening Day Lineups – Part 4 AL West

Click to view – 2015 MLB Season Preview: Straying From the Status Quo: A Sabermetrically Optimized Look at Opening Day Lineups – Part 3 NL West

Click to view – 2015 MLB Season Preview: Straying From the Status Quo: A Sabermetrically Optimized Look at Opening Day Lineups – Part 2 NL Central

Click to view – 2015 MLB Season Preview: Straying From the Status Quo: A Sabermetrically Optimized Look at Opening Day Lineups – Part 1 NL East 

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