Lou Piniella dropped Alfonso Soriano to sixth in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers. It’ll be CF Fukudome, SS Theriot, 1B Lee, RF Bradley, 3B Fox, LF Soriano, C Soto, 2B Fontenot, P Harden.
Piniella talked to Soriano Saturday morning at his locker about the switch.
“Sixth is fine,” Soriano said. “I know I haven’t done my job batting leadoff. I hope whoever is batting leadoff does a better job than I’m doing and helps the team win. That’s the key — trying to help the team win.”
Piniella felt the move would take some of the pressure off Soriano.
“Now, batting sixth, I can take a lot of pressure off myself and I hope I can do a better job for the team,” Soriano said.
The left fielder talked to Piniella before the season started and told him that if the manager wanted to move Soriano, he was open.
“The most important thing is to be in the lineup and help the team win,” Soriano said.
Piniella said this isn’t a day to day thing, but that he would stay with this lineup for awhile.
“We’re going to see if we can get Sori jump started and move him to the six hole where he doesn’t have to concern himself with trying to get on base or running,” Piniella said. “Let him swing the bat. Hopefully it works out. It’s helped other hitters when they do that, and hopefully it helps Sori.”
– Carrie Muskat