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David Freese Batting Cleanup Tonight in Anaheim

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...speechless...

David Freese in Joe Blanton's shower stall.
David Freese in Joe Blanton's shower stall.
Jamie Squire

Mike Scioscia has presented his lineup for Wednesday's game and it looks like the forty pounds that Mike lost in the offseason were mostly from his brain. The King of Lasagna has elected to bat David Freese in the cleanup spot in the order.

Tonight's batting order (and this is not an April Fools Joke)...

  1. Kole Calhoun RF
  2. Mike Trout CF
  3. Albert Pujols 1B
  4. David Freese 3B
  5. Josh Hamilton LF
  6. Howie Kendrick 2B
  7. Raul Ibanez DH
  8. Chris Iannetta C
  9. Erick Aybar SS

And Hector Santiago makes his Angels debut in jersey number 53...but back to the stupidest lineup decision since Scioscia decided that the greatest leadoff hitter of this generation should bat second: David Freese, the slumping, singles-hitting gimp is batting fourth in a major league lineup.

Is Mike trying to sabotage Jerry DiPoto by making his choices for trade acquisitions look extra terrible? Is Mike trolling Arte to get fired in time for Dodgers fans to see him as manager when they can watch games on television two seasons from now? Is Mike... uh, DUMB?