DENVER -- With left-handed rookie Drew Pomeranz starting for the Rockies on Monday night, Marlins manager Mike Redmond stacked his lineup with right-handed bats.
Redmond started veteran Placido Polanco at third base and Donovan Solano at second in the opener against the Rockies, and it paid off early as Miami's floundering offense scored two runs in the first. Also, Ed Lucas, who had been playing third, replaced Logan Morrison at first. That bumped second baseman Derek Dietrich and Morrison, both lefties, out of the lineup.
"I've run through a ton of different lineups throughout the course of the season, and at the end of the day, I just don't think it makes that big a difference where they are in the order," Redmond said. "Guys got to produce and … each guy's got to do their job."
Polanco is a markedly better hitter against lefties with a career .330 average against them and a .206 average against righties. The sample size is much smaller for Solano, but he is hitting .271 off southpaws and .296 against right-handers.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.