Derrek Lee is batting .206 this season. He has one more home run (one) and one more RBI (two) than light-hitting utility infielder Cesar Izturis. He's tied for second on the team with 13 strikeouts. Lee is not alone in his struggles at the plate, but his lack of production has some fans calling for manager Buck Showalter to move Lee from the No. 3 spot in the Orioles lineup.
We know his starting job isn't in jeopardy. Showalter thinks Lee is close to breaking out at the plate, and yesterday, he raved about Lee's defense at first base.
"With a guy like Derrek, he's made our infielders so much better," he said. "You see how confident they feel in releasing the ball quickly and just getting it around him. I tell you, he has impacted us defensively -- a certain calmness -- and he takes a lot of pride in it."
But after the Baltimore bats went into hibernation last night -- Jeremy Guthrie was on the mound for the Orioles, so I guess we should have seen it coming -- it isn't unreasonable to suggest that the Orioles should shuffle their lineup, perhaps moving Lee back in the batting order for now.
You tell me: Where should first baseman Derrek Lee hit in the Orioles lineup? And what other changes, if any, would you make?Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun