David DeJesus has the tools to justify his move to the three-hole.
He’s arguably the Cubs most professional hitter. He works the count, has extra base power and understands the importance of being a situational hitter.
But that doesn’t mean DeJesus (or De-hay-zeus as Dick Stockton would say) benefits the club more from the third spot than his usual leadoff position.
If we’re judging strictly by wins and losses, the Cubs are no better off with DeJesus (3-5) batting third than Joe Mather (3-4).
Dale Sveum wants more pop from his three-hole hitter.
He wasn’t getting it from Starlin Castro (2 HR in 179 at-bats), which is why Sveum moved Castro to second in the order in favor of Joe Mather.
Mather’s numbers thus far are underwhelming. He’s hit third during the last six games going 5-for-23 (.217), 1 R, 1 BB, 0 HR & 0 RBI.
On the bright side, two of his five hits went for extra bases, he’s struck out just twice and is seeing right at four pitches per plate appearances–advantageous for Castro to steal bases.
Mather still doesn’t compare well against Castro batting third: .313, 11 XBH & 25 RBI, but there’s no arguing Starlin’s individual success gradually stopped trickling through the rest of the lineup–the Cubs simply quit scoring behind him.
Sveum intends to juice-up the lineup, and Mather’s overall numbers suggest he’s the most capable option available (while serving as the latest example of the Cubs lack of talent).
Joe Mather dialed up exactly what Cubs fans and the team needed: an exciting win, against the Cardinals, no less.
The Cubs have dropped so many close games it felt good to finally win one and brush away the doom and gloom hanging over Wrigley Field, even if just for one night.
It also spared me from writing another post centered around the all too familiar story of a strong Matt Garza outing wasted due to a lack of run support, one which I’ll gladly save for a later date.