For those of us watching the television broadcast of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles game tonight, we may get an extra opportunity to hear the pandering ball washing of Brett Lawrie at the hands and vocal chords of Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler, as the young Canadian will be batting second in the lineup.
This represents the first time in the young third baseman’s career that he has hit in a spot in the batting order above fifth. Because these things likely matter to the team’s manager, Lawrie is currently on a five game hitting streak with seven hits in his last 19 at bats.
It seems an odd and old baseball rule that younger players must bide their time in the bottom half of the order before receiving ascension by somehow proving themselves there. Frankly, Lawrie, as much as the narrative gets overblown, likely represents one of the better batting options in the lineup, and should find himself in the top half on most nights.
Making the choice to bat him second tonight easier is Kelly Johnson getting a day off. Given the Maddonesque lineup cards being written by John Farrell, it will be interesting to see where Lawrie finds himself for the next game, when Johnson returns.