Guillen toying with different lineup options
MIAMI — When Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen first took the job, he thought about hitting Omar Infante second.
But the Marlins have a dynamic speed element with Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez. So Guillen opted to go mostly with those three, in that order, in the lineup.
With Bonifacio batting .238 and Infante hitting .313, Guillen on Friday opted to go with Infante in the No. 2 slot.
“I think Infante is going to see more fastballs having Hanley behind him,” Guillen said.
Infante, the Marlins’ most consistent hitter all season, was batting fifth of late.
How long Infante hits second could depend on Bonifacio.
If Bonifacio picks things up at the plate, there is a strong chance he will move back up to second.
Bonifacio is 15 for 15 in stolen bases, and Guillen wants the team to run.
“Maybe this will be for a couple of days, I don’t know how long I’m going to stay with that one,” the manager said. “Stealing bases is important for me also. And Boni may be the best one in the game right now.”
— Joe Frisaro