Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:49 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:55 PM
Thole has been an on-base machine. Maybe he should be batting leadoff, move Ruben back down in the order?
I know we kicked this around before, but our team (for those of you who believe in this) has the potential for more clutch hitting than past teams. By clutch, I don't just mean hitting with RISP, but all the timely hits that can turn around a game. Thole, Murph, Baxter, and Hairston are those types of contact hitters. If they can bring some consistency to the plate and get their BA up, the Mets would be able to really manufacture some runs, especially since we are not a base stealing team anymore.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:39 AM
birt, how rare is a catcher batting leadoff? (only you would know).
Since 1918 there have been 900 major league games in which a catcher started the game in the leadoff spot in the batting order. So on average it happens only nine or ten times a season somewhere in the majors. Half of those 900 starts have been by one guy, Jason Kendall.
The Mets have started a catcher as their leadoff hitter exactly once if franchise history. On May 2, 1963, Choo Choo Coleman (career batting average at the time was about .219 and his career OBP was about .270) had just a single in 5 PAs as the leadoff hitter, but the Mets won 10-3.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:50 PM
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