On the night Johnny Damon hit his 500th career double, he appeared with Todd Kalas for the postgame interview. During that conversation, TK asked Damon about leading off. Johnny Biceps had this rather telling comment…
This was a situation where instead of using five different guys [in the leadoff spot] Maddon knows I am comfortable there. And we can have more of a set lineup. And it seems like we are scoring a few more runs right now.
Maybe we are reading too much into this, but it sounded like Johnny was saying he went to Maddon to let him know that he a) wants to be in the leadoff spot; and b) thinks a more consistent lineup is a good thing.
And for the last 18 games prior to yesterday, that’s what we have seen. At least at the top of the order. Damon has led off and Ben Zobrist has hit second every game during that stretch.
Things are still a little chaotic lower in the lineup. But hey, we would worry about JoeMa if he didn’t have something to tinker with.