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Carlos Pena Leading off Monday for Tampa Bay Rays Against Toronto Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 05:  Infielder Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates his home run against the Oakland Athletics during the game at Tropicana Field on May 5, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 22, 2012

Well, this is interesting. Check out Monday night's Tampa Bay Rays' lineup:

 

#Rays v Jays: Pena 1B, Upton cf, Joyce lf, Zobrist rf, Scott dh, S-Rod 3b, Sutton 2b, Gimenez c, Johnson ss - Moore p

— RMooneyTrib (@RMooneyTrib) May 22, 2012

 

Talk about an interesting strategy by Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Carlos Pena, your prototypical cleanup hitter, will be leading off in Monday's night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pena currently does sport a .353 OBP, but even that is not enough to warrant throwing him into the No. 1 spot in the order.

Plenty of other guys in that lineup are capable of leading off—B.J. Upton, Elliot Johnson, even Ben Zobrist—but putting your primary power threat in the top spot of the order is a head-scratcher to say the least.

Then again, Maddon is one of the best managers in baseball.

He has been named AL Manager of the Year twice—2008 and 2011—so there's no denying his baseball intelligence.

I'm curious to see how this move pans out, as I'm sure many of you are as well.

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