INF Jamey Carroll and INF Aaron Miles are the best options to bat leadoff with Rafael Furcal on the DL for a while, but manager Don Mattingly has a unique reason for wanting to put Carroll in the No. 8 role instead. Carroll has a .372 on-base percentage, one of the highest on the team, yet batted eighth for the ninth time in 18 starts Sunday. Miles, who has a .233 on-base percentage this year and .320 for his career, batted in the leadoff spot. Mattingly's reason is because of the frequency that Carroll gets on base with two outs, thereby ensuring the pitcher doesn't lead off the next inning. "I know it doesn't seem a like a big deal," Mattingly said. "But it's so nice to start the next inning without the pitcher up there -- and starting with one out. That's huge. That's why I like using him back there."
Ridiculous. He wants Carroll, his best guy at getting on base, to bat 8th while one of his worst guys at getting on base leads off and makes more outs... just so the team won't start the next inning with the pitcher.
If you're so worried about leading off with an automatic out, Donnie Beisbol, then just bat the pitcher 6th or 8th. That your team is playing .500 ball despite such nonsense and despite ownership falling apart is more a testament to your players' abilities than it is to your "managing skills".