An up-close look at the club as we approach Opening Day
He also refused to second-guess management over not acquiring a big name to hit behind him, maintaining that "we have big bats. We have Garret. Juan [Rivera] is going to come back. Shea Hillenbrand."The main thing is that all around the style that Mike talks about is not depending on one bat, and I feel very good about the guys that I see here. Gary Matthews Jr. is going to be a very helpful ballplayer." Among all Major League hitters, Guerrero has the fourth most hits over the past 10 seasons -- 1,781. Two hits ahead of him in third on the list is his teammate, Anderson. At 34, Anderson is coming off a solid season. He hit .280 last year with 17 homers and 85 RBIs in 141 games. "This looks like a solid outfield," said Anderson, who has been part of some memorable units in Anaheim. "Check with me later, and I'll have a better idea." Scioscia suggested he's leaning toward flip-flopping Anderson and Hillenbrand in the Nos. 4 and 5 slots, Anderson dropping to fifth against lefties. "When Garret's healthy, he can hit against anybody, and that's what we're anticipating," Scioscia said. "It's really a function of seeing how important it is to have a right-handed bat behind Vlad against left-handed pitching, and we'll adjust from there." In characertistic manner, Anderson took it in stride. "He is not one to keep a lineup the same," he said. "He likes to mix and match, go with matchups. He's not one to Xerox the lineup and put it out there every day. It's been his M.O. since he's been here. "Over the course of the last five or six years, you get comfortable batting in one spot [cleanup]. You become a creature of habit; you're comfortable with it. But it's not going to affect me where I bat." Scioscia has a handful of athletes to draw on for backup roles in the outfield, led by Reggie Willits, Tommy Murphy and Nick Gorneault.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.