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It’s July 5th and Brad Miller is leading off the game. That was more than a little curious to me since he doesn’t profile as the typical lead-off hitter. Before I rush to judgement, I decided to look at the hitters who have lead off a game this season. I was surprised to only see four names, but maybe I should also be paying closer attention.
The first thing I noticed is the low productivity of Endy Chavez. He is what I think of as a typical lead-off hitter, yet he is not performing nearly as well as the other three. Jason Bay is doing better than I perceived him to be performing. Clearly, Franklin Gutierrez should be leading off if we only consider these four players, yet that really doesn’t seem probable since he cannot stay healthy.
I hope Miller does well in the led-off position. If that moves Chavez out of that role, it might increase the team’s chances at scoring.
Before I end this post, it is instructive to note that Michael Saunders is only creating 3.1 runs per game and is doing quite a bit better than that in the lead-off position. This type of nuanced performance seems to be lacking from the Mariners right now — they need to put players in roles where they can succeed and Saunders does better in the lead-off position than elsewhere.