In games Scott Hairston starts, why does he bat leadoff? It’s happened 10 times in the last month. The dude is an out maker extraordinaire, making an out in 72% of his plate appearances this year. Why give him the most opportunities to do what he’s done so well?
I know batting order has been shown to have smaller effect on run production, at least compared to how much time we spend talking about the lineup. But I have a beef, so evidence be damned, lets talk about it.
On Days Jody Gerut gets off (who, by the way, is a pleasant surprise getting on base at a .356 clip), somebody has to hit at the top of the order. I suggest Paul McAnulty. He’s one of the few Padres who knows how to take a walk. Sporting a .364 OBP, he makes the third fewest outs (stay with me now) of all Padres starters.
- Whoever else
No question we’re short on samples, but Scott Hairston has never shown an ability to get on base. A few late inning home runs be damned, his career OBP sits at a paltry .295. And someone once told me runs are worth the same in the first inning as they are in the ninth.
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