MILWAUKEE -- With Justin Ruggiano mired in an 0 for 20 slump, manager Mike Redmond has decided to stick his hottest bat -- Adeiny Hechavarria -- at the top of the lineup. It's no surprise given the fact Hech is hitting .444 this month while Ruggiano has failed to produce in the one hole.
Hechavarria had three singles -- half of the Marlins' total output of six hits -- in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Brewers, and now boasts a slightly higher batting average (.248) than Giancarlo Stanton (.245).
The leadoff spot has been a problem area all season for the Marlins, who rank 29th of 30 major league teams in batting average and on-base percentage from the top spot in the lineup. Hechavarria batted leadoff in six games in May, hitting .227 (5 for 22) with a .320 OBP. On the season, Ruggiano is hitting .169 in the one hole while Juan Pierre has a .232 average in that position.
Christian Yelich has been used in the leadoff spot for Double A Jacksonville and could transfer to that position in the Marlins' lineup after he's promoted, which may not be long in coming. Yelich and Jake Marisnick hit back-to-back homers Friday to start the game for Jacksonville.
Today's lineup: 1. Hechavarria, ss; 2. Lucas, 3b; 3. Stanton rf, 4. Morrison 1b, 5. Ozuna cf; 6. Dietrich 4; Ruggiano 7; Mathis 2; Eovaldi p.