Jon Jay leading the way
Sep/06/12 08:35 AM Filed in: Jon Jay
Jon Jay is getting the danged thing done as the Cardinals’ leadoff hitter. In what was easily one of the best moves made by Mike Matheny this season, the manager moved Jay to the No. 1 spot in the second week of August. Jay took over for a slumping Rafael Furcal who moved down to 7th or 8th in the lineup. In 27 games and 126 plate appearances as the leadoff man, Jay is batting .333 with a .419 onbase percentage and a solid .463 slugging percentage. Though it’s a much smaller sample size, Jay’s OPS in the No. 1 slot (.882) is better than the .691 OPS posted by Furcal in the leadoff position.
Jay also continues to rule over at Busch Stadium as if it’s his private backyard. In 205 plate appearances at home this season, Jay is batting .378 with a .460 OBP and .500 SLG for a .960 OPS.