1 2014: (Overall Batter OPS+ 108)
- Charlie Blackmon CF
- Michael Cuddyer RF
- Carlos Gonzalez LF
- Troy Tulowitzki SS
- Justin Morneau 1B
- Wilin Rosario C
- Nolan Arenado 3B
- DJ LeMahieu 2B
- Jorge De La Rosa P
Unlike the rest where the heart of the lineup tells you why they sit where they do in this ranking, the bottom of the lineup tells the story here.
Two perennial All-Stars/Silver Sluggers/Gold Glove winners are hitting seven and eight in the lineup. That should be all you need to know about how a team that finished 30 games below .500 ended up at the top of this list.
Even when adding in pitchers, this lineup posted an OPS+ of 102. Last year’s AL MVP top five vote-getter DJ LeMahieu was the weakest hitter and number eight hitter.
This lineup lead the NL in every major offensive statistic. Just as the second-best Opening Day lineup on this list, unfortunately, the legendary offense was undone by historically bad pitching.