Here’s today’s lineup:
Drew, RF (.383 lifetime at Dolphin Stadium, fifth-highest among active players)
Ethier, LF (time for people in Florida to see the guy that will beat their guys out for Rookie of the Year)
Martin, C (hitting .364 in close & late situations)
Lowe, P (August is his month – 19-8, 3.25 career marks)
For those who don’t know Dave Smith, he started Retrosheet and found these interesting nuggets:
Last night was the team’s 84th different lineup and the most frequent one has only been used four times. We’ve only had the same one on back-to-back nights five times. Amazing.
Also, from SABR’s Rod Nelson and Ted Turocy, last night’s Saenz to Betemit to Maddux 3-5-1 double play is only the sixth since 1957, according to Retrosheet, to include the third baseman as the pivot man. So just think, if you were bummed that you didn’t get to see a no-hitter last night, you actually got to see something a lot more rare!