The Athletics Ideal Lineup for the Wild Card Game

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Sep 26, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) scores during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2. Josh Donaldson, 3B

I’ve written about this before, so I won’t go as in-depth on this one, but I’m a believer in the idea that your best hitter should bat second. More at-bats for your best hitter seems like a pretty clear good plan to me.

In terms of his defense, even if he’s dinged up, I guarantee he won’t let it affect him in this game. He will go all-out, and if that means making a wild throw, so what. His incredible range and effort make up for that any day, so don’t worry about his scary number of errors for the year.