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

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Carlos Pena Leading off Monday for Tampa Bay Rays Against Toronto Blue Jays
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Well, this is interesting. Check out Monday night's Tampa Bay Rays' lineup:

 

 

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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