Dickerson to Bat Leadoff for Bucs

Hurdle looks toward the team's top hitter to increase production at the top of the lineup.

Noah Hiles
July 09, 2018 - 6:44 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – For the first time this season Pirates’ left fielder Corey Dickerson will bat leadoff. Dickerson, who came to the team in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays this February, has bounced around the Bucs’ order all season, hitting anywhere from second to seventh. With the team’s continuous struggle to receive consistent production from the top of the order, manager Clint Hurdle decided to look at the veteran left handed bat as a potential solution.

Last season with the Rays, Dickerson had 57 starts as the team’s leadoff hitter where he had 12 doubles, 15 homeruns, 31 runs batted in and a slash line of .285/.328/.530. In his six year career as a major leaguer, Dickerson has a .267 average with 18 homeruns and 41 RBI when batting in the top spot of the lineup.

When asked what was the driving force behind placing Dickerson at the head of the batting order, Hurdle said it was because he had simply done it before. Hurdle said that there had been a few conversations between himself and Dickerson about potentially moving him up in the order but was not willing to disclose much more information.

Perhaps another reason Dickerson will be given a chance to bat leadoff is that Hurdle is simply trying to get him as many at bats as possible against Washington. In the four games the Pirates have played the Nationals in 2018, Dickerson went 5-for-16 with two homeruns and five runs batted in and is batting .341 in his career against Washington.

Entering Monday, Dickerson leads the Pirates in hits (92), batting average (.308), on base percentage (.341), OPS (.799) and is tied with Gregory Polanco for the team lead in triples (4). Dickerson also enters Monday having hit safely in four straight games and has gone 13-for-35 (.371) at the plate in his last 11 games.