Detroit Tigers: Missed Opportunities
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has made an interesting lineup switch recently. Over the last two games against the Angels Rajai Davis has batted leadoff while Austin Jackson is hitting sixth. Davis has now ledoff in half of Detroit’s games this season.
Each player has been exclusively in the AL for the last five seasons, here are their on-base percentages over this time:
Davis – .309 OBP
Jackson – .344 OBP
Lineup construction is a low-risk, low-reward activity. Give your highest on-base guys the most chances over the course of 162 games and you will gain an extra win or two. Give more at-bats to poor run producers and you loose a couple games you should have won.
The difference between the two Tigers equates to more than just a rounding error. Austin Jackson clearly deserves more at-bats than Davis. Is Brad Ausmus aware of this?