6/18 Leadoff man
One of the reasons Tyler Colvin is leading off is because left-handers have had success against Angels starter Scott Kazmir. Lefties are hitting .420 off Kazmir compared to .225 by right-handed hitters.
“I’ve been using Colvin to pinch-hit against left-handers anyway,” Lou Piniella said. “Get him out there and let him play.”
One of the other reasons is that Ryan Theriot is not exactly been a typical leadoff man. He’s seeing about three pitches per plate appearance and has a .312 on-base percentage.
“Let him see some pitches,” Piniella said of Theriot. “Sometimes it helps you relax a little bit, too.”
– Carrie Muskat