Chavez back in leadoff spot tonight vs. Twins
After sitting out the first two games of the Twins series, veteran Endy Chavez is back in the leadoff role for Wednesday night’s contest with the Twins as manager Lloyd McClendon looks to re-ignite an offense that scored just two runs in those two games.
Chavez is hitting .245 for the season, but he’s batted .281 over his last 18 games. And in the 19 games he’s led off this season, the 36-year-old is 10-for-19 (.526) in his first at-bat.
The Mariners are 20-9 when Chavez has appeared in a game and McClendon acknowledges the spark that the 170-pounder has provided.
“He’s a veteran guy that gives your lineup a little presence,” McClendon said. “He’s not a power guy by any means, but he’s done a nice job for us.”