OAKLAND, Calif. — The first batting order of 2015 for the Texas Rangers features Elvis Andrus batting second, Prince Fielder batting third and Shin-Soo Choo batting fifth, and manager Jeff Banister said that the core group of hitters could remain the same most nights.
“It’s a lineup for today,” Banister said. “You’ll see these guys show up in pretty consistent spots.”
Banister wants to stretch out the lineup with Choo fifth, where his approach of seeing pitches could help make A’s starter Sonny Gray get to his pitch limit quicker. Fielder is batting third because Banister wants him to bat in the first inning.
Banister, though, remains committed to building lineups as numbers dictate each night. He respects the concept of hitters finding a spot and being comfortable, but maximizing scoring chances each night is the ultimate concept.
“We’re going to look for a lineup that creates scoring opportunities for us on a nightly basis,” Banister said.
Choo’s preference is to bat third, but he recognizes the potential opportunities to drive in runs batting fifth. He isn’t going to change his approach of being selective, but he also wants to be aggressive.
“I’m going to swing at my pitch like when I led off,” he said. “It depends on the situation, but pretty much it’s the same approach every time.”
The Rangers lineups for the season opener: Leonys Martin, cf; Elvis Andrus, ss; Prince Fielder, 1b; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Shin-Soo Choo, rf; Ryan Rua, lf; Mitch Moreland, dh; Robinson Chirinos, c; Rougned Odor, 2b.
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