The Florida Marlins manager, Edwin Rodriguez, is giving some thought to reconfiguring the batting order.
Logan Morrison went into Wednesday leading the Marlins in walks (nine) and on-base percentage (.457), all from the middle of the batting order.
"I would like to keep him in the run-producing position because he's such a good hitter and he hits righties (.333) or lefties (.313) very well," Rodriguez said.
"But then again, who knows down the line? If it comes to that, yeah, we (might) have to make a change. If we want to get something, we'll have to give (up) something."
Chris Coghlan, Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez -- the Marlins' main top three hitters in the batting order - went into Wednesday batting a collective 9-for-44 (.219).
The Marlins' most consistent hitter has been Gaby Sanchez, who had reached safely in all 10 games this year going into Wednesday night's game. He led the team with a .324 (12-for-37) batting average.
Edwin should really adjust the batting order.
There has been a change in the makeup of team and now, it really behooves the Marlins to make the needed adjustments by realigning the batting order.
In the recent past the Fish where a "bloop and a blast" team. Now, they metamorphosized into a "get 'em on, get 'em over and get 'em in" team.
Back in the day when they were a "bloop and a blast" team it didn't really matter all that much where the sluggers hit. Oh sure, Cantu should've been moved down to sixth in the lineup. Letting Dan Uggla and Cody Ross get more plate appearances behind the on-base guys. But that really didn't matter, when you have everyone in the infield hitting about 30 home runs a season. They could drive in a run with no one on base.
The Marlins are no longer that kind of team. And it is now imperative that ones who get on-base most often get the most plate appearances.
Yes, batting order is over analyzed but given how the Marlins are now structured, it should be optimized. The on-base guys should be at the top of the lineup.
For every move up in the lineup it is worth about 18 more plate appearances over the course of the season. In other words, when a hitter hits first, he will get roughly 90 more plate appearances than someone hitting sixth. From my projections, that means the best batting order is Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez, Mike Stanton, Chris Coghlan, Omar Infante, Donnie Murphy and John Buck. Get the most consistent hitters the most plate appearances, and let the guys behind them drive 'em with singles, doubles or the occasional home run.
I'm very happy that Edwin is at least considering the move. Burying LoMo and Gaby in the fifth and sixth slots is not the way to go with this team.