2012 MLB Season: Top 7 Batting Lineups

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Intro

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My philosophy when it comes to baseball is that there is no one person that can carry a team for a 162-game season. There is no possible way for that to happen. The team that is holding the trophy at the end of the season is the most complete team of the majors. The ones that dedicated every second of the season to helping each other out and picking each other when they were down.

A good lineup consists of a good base runner at the top of the lineup and then good power hitters in the No. 3, 4, and 5 spots of the lineup to drive the base runners home. Towards the back you have your contact guys to keep the inning alive.

These types of lineups are the ones that win championships nowadays. You really are not seeing teams with crazy payrolls win championships anymore. We even saw the Oakland Athletics get into the playoffs with a team that did not have a big power hitter and was projected to finish near the bottom of the AL West in the 2012 MLB season.

Of the characteristics I just named, here are the top seven lineups in baseball from this past season. If you think different, I would love to hear your opinion on it.

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Washington Nationals

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Who would have thought the Nationals would have the best record in baseball this season? Bryce Harper really came on as a big-time rookie while Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa started coming into roles of their own. One of the best lineups in baseball for sure.

1 RF Jayson Werth
2 CF Bryce Harper
3 3B Ryan Zimmerman
4 1B Adam LaRoche
5 LF Michael Morse
6 SS Ian Desmond
7 2B Danny Espinosa
8 C Kurt Suzuki

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Boston Red Sox (Early Season)

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Before the Red Sox blew the team up, it was a sure contender for the American League East crown like it is every year. What held them back was Carl Crawford's injury and continuous injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz. The team did not get off to a very good start thus leading to strategic trades during the season.

1 CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2 2B Dustin Pedroia
3 1B Adrian Gonzalez
4 DH David Ortiz
5 3B Kevin Youkilis
6 RF Ryan Sweeney
7 LF Cody Ross
8 C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
9 SS Mike Aviles

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Los Angeles Dodgers (Late Season)

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The Dodgers really made a splash during the season acquiring many pieces to their late season lineup in hope for an NL West crown. Though they did not capture it, the team on paper is still incredibly dangerous. No one would want to face a lineup that includes Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez.

1 2B Mark Ellis
2 RF Andre Ethier
3 1B Adrian Gonzalez
4 CF Matt Kemp
5 SS Hanley Ramirez
6 LF Shane Victorino
7 3B Luis Cruz
8 C A.J. Ellis

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Cincinnati Reds

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Although Joey Votto was injured for most of the season, he still contributed with a high on-base percentage and Jay Bruce continued with his power surge with 34 home runs. The Reds lineup was dangerous and still is heading into 2013.

1 2B Brandon Phillips
2 SS Zack Cozart
3 1B Joey Votto
4 LF Ryan Ludwick
5 RF Jay Bruce
6 3B Scott Rolen
7 C Ryan Hanigan
8 CF Drew Stubbs

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Los Angeles Angels

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With Mike Trout coming up and almost knocking off Miguel Cabrera during awards voting shows how lethal the Angels' lineup was regardless as to whether or not Albert Pujols was in it. The signing of Pujols made the Angles that more dominant. However, it did not translate into the playoffs in 2012.

1 CF Mike Trout
2 RF Torii Hunter
3 1B Albert Pujols
4 DH Kendrys Morales
5 3B Alberto Callaspo
6 2B Howie Kendrick
7 SS Erick Aybar
8 LF Vernon Wells
9 C Chris Iannetta

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Detroit Tigers

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The Tigers signed Prince Fielder during the offseason and it came as a surprise. Fielder being in the lineup contributed to the monster season that Miguel Cabrera had in capturing the American League Triple Crown. The Tigers did not win the World Series but came close enough to make them the second best lineup in the majors.

1 CF Austin Jackson
2 2B Omar Infante
3 3B Miguel Cabrera
4 1B Prince Fielder
5 DH Delmon Young
6 SS Jhonny Peralta
7 LF Andy Dirks
8 RF Avisail Garcia
9 C Gerald Laird

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San Francisco Giants

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One of the most balanced lineups we've seen in baseball and of course it has to do with the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Buster Posey won the NL MVP award but he did not single handily carry this club. It was definitely a champion via the lineup.

1 CF Angel Pagan
2 2B Marco Scutaro
3 3B Pablo Sandoval
4 C Buster Posey
5 RF Hunter Pence
6 1B Brandon Belt
7 LF Gregor Blanco
8 SS Brandon Crawford

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