Should the Royals go with speed or speed?or. For years Royals fans have debated whether Esky should lead off Daniel Murphy Jersey , but last year the team finally bumped Alcides down in the lineup and went with Jon Jay and Whit Merrifield to top the lineup. Merrifield would seem to be the favorite to lead off again this year after leading the Majors in hits and stolen bases, but manager Ned Yost is considering some tweaks to the lineup.The emergence of Adalberto Mondesi as a threat both at the plate and on the basepaths gives the Royals some interesting options at the top of the lineup. Should it be Merrifield-Mondesi? Or Mondesi-Merrifield? Who should lead off?Why Whit Merrifield should lead offIf it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Last year, the Royals had Merrifield lead off with Mondesi hitting second over the final 23 games. In those games, they scored 4.7 runs-per-game,up significantly from their 3.8 run-per-game pace prior to that. Now that’s a small sample size and a lot of that may simply be from playing guys like Mondesi and Ryan O’Hearn over the stop gap players there before, but the lineup was clicking with Merrifield followed by Mondesi at the top.Having Merrifield at the top of the lineup could also give Mondesi better pitches to hit. There does seem to be evidence that pitchers will throw more fastballs with a speedy runner at first base, so having the stolen base title-holder at first base could allow Mondesi to see more heaters, which are easier to handle. This could mitigate Adalberto’s weakness, which so far has been pitch recognition. And putting Whit at leadoff may give more plate appearances to what may their best offensive player. ZIPS projects Merrifield to post a .331 on-base percentage, better than anyone else on the team except Jorge Soler. More plate apperances means more Whit on base http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , and more Whit on base leads to more runs. Why Adalberto Mondesi should lead offThis is a rebuilding season, so the Royals should be trying out all sorts of new ideas, including possibly batting Mondesi leadoff. Leading off with Mondesi makes some sense, as he is likely more of a stolen base threat than Merrifield - odd to say when Merrifield led the Majors last year, but if you pro-rate Mondesi’s stolen base total to a full season he laps the crowd. As Yost suggests, batting Merrifield second could also open up stategic possibilities since Whit is so good at handling the bat. Merrifield does a better job putting the ball in play with a 16.5% strikeout rate last season compared to 26.5% for Mondesi. “The Book”, a treatise on recommended strategies based on analytics written by Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andy Dolphin, recommends putting your best hitter at #2 to maximize plate appearances, but also allow for RBI opportunities. As Aaron Gleeman at Baseball Prospectus puts it:If you believe Whit is the best offensive player (ZIPS projects Merrifield and Mondesi to be about equal offensively overall Max Scherzer Jersey , although with greater OBA from Whit and more slug from Mondesi), then hitting him second behind Mondesi would provide Whit to both get on-base but also have RBI opportunities when Mondesi is on base. On the other hand, Mondesi projects to have a sub-.300 on-base percentage, so the opportunities for Whit to move him over or get him home may not be there that frqeuently. Having Mondesi lead off would also give him some more lineup protection with Merrifield hitting behind him rather than, say Alex Gordon or Jorge Soler. On the other hand, there are questions as to whether lineup protection is really a thing.Ultimately it probably doesn’t matter too much as long as both hitters are at the top of the lineup. The Royals will have two pretty dynamic hitters who can be major threats on the basepaths. Whether or not that will lead to a lot more runs remains to be seen, but at the very least it provides for a more exciting brand of baseball to watch in 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill doesn't think President Donald Trump should be worrying about the World Series.Trump took to Twitter after Game 4 of the World Series to question the decisions of manager Dave Roberts:Donald J. Trump realDonaldTrumpWatching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose amp;amp; dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!Hill believes there are more important things for the president to worry about."There was a mass shooting yesterday," the pitcher said Sunday http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. "...The focus, in my opinion, of the president is to be on the country, and not on moves that are made in a World Series game."Trump certainly wasn't the only one questioning Roberts after Game 4.Hill was outstanding against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, allowing no runs and just one hit in his first six innings while the Dodgers built a 4-0 lead. However, he walked the first batter he faced in the seventh inning and was quickly removed in favor of Scott Alexander.Three batters later, Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run to trim the lead. The Red Sox eventually earned a 9-6 win to go up 3-1 in the World Series.While the decision to remove the starter was highly debated within the sports world, Hill clearly believes the president's attention should be elsewhere.The pitcher noted the shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday during which a mankilled 11 peoplein a synagogue.