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How Will The Miami Marlins Continue To Shape Their Lineup?
Sunday afternoon saw the Miami Marlins get creative and do something that a lot of statheads have probably been clamoring for for a long time. They batted Marcell Ozuna third.
To be fair, they did this Saturday as well, but two things were different yesterday. For one, line score wise, it worked: the Marlins won the game. More importantly though, J.T. Realmuto did not play. And that changes things dramatically.
Realmuto has picked up where he left off in 2016 and then some. No longer just the best catcher in the National League that no one talks about, he seems well on his way to just locking up the title outright. You can make an educated argument for batting him anywhere in the lineup, save for possibly cleanup.
So with Prado out once again, where does Don Mattingly best deploy him? Does Realmuto return to the No. 2 hole he occupied at the start of the year? Does he just bat sixth again, same as he did on Saturday? Or will it be a new spot entirely?
Everyone but Giancarlo Stanton should be considered flexible this week, and it should prove fascinating to see how things shake out.