Revamping top of order
When Chris Coghlan hit in the leadoff spot last Monday at Philadelphia, it was considered a one-time thing to give Emilio Bonifacio a day off.
On Saturday, Coghlan was atop the Marlins batting order for the second time. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the 23-year-old could remain there for a little while.
Looking to ignite the top of the order, Coghlan was slotted first and Bonifacio second against the Mets at Citi Field.
Basically, Coghlan and Bonifacio are flip-flopping. Previously, Coghlan had hit in the second spot, behind Bonifacio.
“We’re just trying something new with Cog, and keep Boni there in the two-hole, where he can still use his speed a little bit,” Gonzalez said.
A look at the one-base percentages is a reason for the change. Coghan, who played his 20th MLB game on Saturday, has a .342 on-base percentage to go along with a .217 batting average. However, in his last five games, he is 7-for-18 (.389) with five walks.
Bonifacio, meanwhile, is hitting .245 and his on-base percentage is .284. In 60 at-bats, Coghlan has 12 walks. Bonifacio has drawn 12 bases on balls, but in 204 at-bats.
Because speed is such a big part of Bonifacio’s game, the Marlins are wanting him to attempt at least one bunt a game. In Friday’s loss, Bonifacio had a bunt single, but it wasn’t a conventional one. In the eighth inning, he slap bunted the ball into left field.
– Joe Frisaro