The past two seasons the Braves had problems at the top of the batting order. Lacking a true lead-off man, or number two hitter, Fredi Gonzalez was forced to try and pound square pegs into round holes. Sure, Jason Heyward did a pretty good job batting lead-off, but he certainly wasn’t prototypical in that slot. It also seemed to have an adverse effect on his power numbers.
When Nick Markakis was acquired, the Braves floated the idea that Markakis would lead off. The former Oriole doesn’t have great speed, but he does get on base at an adequate pace. Think … Read the rest