Last night we posted a story that the Orioles are looking, in Dan Duquette’s words, for a "set-up hitter" in the next few weeks.
Duquette said it will be difficult to get a “bona fide” leadoff hitter, but he wants someone at the top or near the top of the lineup that has a high on-base percentage.
Well, Duquette’s a big believer in on-base percentage, and the Orioles’ .302 mark as a team is 26th of 30 clubs in the majors. Even more startling, the team’s leadoff hitters this season have a collective .264 on-base percentage. That’s the worst for any spot in the lineup, which is absolutely terrible for your supposed top table-setter.
I looked a little deeper into the numbers, and this is what I found from the six Orioles who have hit leadoff this season. It’s pretty understandable why this is one of Duquette’s priorities this summer.
Name Starts at leadoff OBP at leadoff
Endy Chavez 19 .169
Robert Andino 17 .237
Brian Roberts 17 .233
Xavier Avery 15 .309
Nolan Reimold 14 .328
Ryan Flaherty 3 .154