From CBS Sports:
http://www.cbssports.com/general/blo...tional-lineupsFor the second straight game, Carlos Pena is batting leadoff for the Rays. In the same lineup, Drew Sutton is hitting cleanup (via Marc Topkin on Twitter).
Pena is a first baseman with a .215 batting aveage, 55 strikeouts in 44 games, only 26 career stolen bases (in 1,270 games) and good power. Conventional wisdom would say that leadoff is the absolute last place to bat Pena.
But he walks a lot. His 29 walks and five hit-by-pitches this season give him a .354 on-base percentage, basically right in line with his career .352 mark.
That's awesome. I love Joe Maddon. How many managers would bat their first baseman in the leadoff spot? It's a great move, as Pena is known for his ability to get on base. Who cares that he lacks great speed, he gets on base and that's all the matters in the leadoff spot. I wish Dusty would follow suit and bat Ryan Hanigan leadoff or second on days when he starts.
Btw, Drew Sutton, batting 4th is 1-for-1 with a double and a walk today.
Joe Maddon has to be the most out-of-the-box thinking manager in baseball today. I hope after Dusty is gone the Reds take a serious look at Dave Martinez, the bench coach of the Rays. Surely some of Maddon has rubbed off on him.