Since the calendar changed to June, the Indians have struggled to an 8-13 record and a pitiful 3.4 runs scored per game.
This power outage has been one of the main culprits of the Tribe’s division lead shrinking from five games to one.
While the batting order only has a marginal effect on a team’s offense, I think reordering would help the Indians in the short-term.
The main issue I have is with Grady Sizemore in the leadoff spot. He isn’t all the way back from microfracture surgery yet and is hurting the team by hitting first.
From 2005-2009, Sizemore’s lowest on-base percentage was .343, not bad for a leadoff hitter.
This year, Grady’s on-base percentage is .308, below the major league average. There’s no good reason to keep Sizemore hitting first in the order and moving him down would allow other pieces to fit together beautifully. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, June 23, 2011