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Lyle Overbay is not a cleanup hitter

It's Opening Day and I had the misfortune of turning on the Pirates.

It's early in the game as I write this, but it's hard to get excited about a team that features Lyle Overbay as its cleanup hitter. So even if he does come through with a game-winning homer, I won't change my mind.

I know the Pirates are trying to justify his offseason acquisition, but batting him fourth?

The last time I checked, teams put their biggest home-run threat fourth. Overbay is coming off seasons of 20, 16, 15 and 10 homers. And it's not like Overbay had limited action in those seasons. His at-bat totals were: 607, 500, 627 and 476.

I know new manager Clint Hurdle is full of energy and is ultra-positive, but this move reeks of something John Russell would do.


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