Hanley Ramirez is starting this afternoon against the Mets. But the most significant development might be the decision to bat Chris Coghlan first, ahead of Emilio Bonifacio. Coghlan reached base three times on Friday with a triple and pair of walks, raising his on-base percentage to .342. That compares to Bonifacio's OBP of .284.
Only two leadoff hitters with a minimum of 100 at bats have lower on-base percentages than Bonifacio: Atlanta's Kelly Johnson (.277) and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (.263).
While Coghlan is only hitting .217. he has walked the same number of times (12) as Bonifacio in one-third of the at bats.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Josh Johnson, p.