It's not jarring enough to qualify as a shake-up, but Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez made some adjustments to Wednesday's batting order.
The top four remain the same, but Logan Morrison is now batting fifth ahead of Gaby Sanchez instead of vice versa. The left-handed hitting Greg Dobbs is starting at third, and Rodriguez didn't want him and Morrison, who's also left-handed, back-to-back. Dobbs is hitting seventh ahead of John Buck (1 for his last 14).
The two big issues for the Marlins offensively have been hitting with runners in scoring position and production from the top third of the order. They went hitless in nine opportunities with RISP on Tuesday. Tommy Hanson deserves some credit for that after throwing seven shutout innings, but on the season the Marlins are now batting .211 (23-for-109) with RISP.
"I have no answer for that," Rodriguez said. "Maybe it's too early. We have [Chris] Coghlan that missed a lot of spring training. We had [Mike] Stanton out of the lineup. Maybe that's part of the reason, but I don't want to make any excuses for that."
Coghlan, Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez are hitting a combined .220 (26-for-118). They have accounted for 37.8 percent of the Marlins' total runs scored (37), but collectively they're reaching base at a .285 clip.
"They're going to be fine," Rodriguez said. "We know they're going to be fine. In the meantime, we're playing .500, which I think is OK under the circumstances that those three guys are not getting on base. As soon as those guys get their swing back, we're going to be much better…They need to keep swing and playing."
Asked about experimenting with Morrison in the two-hole because of his .457 on-base percentage, Rodriguez did not dismiss it.
Rodriguez tweaks lineup, but struggling top third of order untouched
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