|Leading off game||603||10||.264||.384||.478|
|Leading off game||614||6||.310||.383||.430|
I think it's interesting that their OBP's are nearly identical when leading off a game and I could see where having a stolen base threat could give KC a chance at jumping out to an early lead. But a leadoff hitter doesn't bat just once a game, they most likely come to the plate four or five times everyday. So while Pods looks good in the first inning his production trails off after that. DDJ's does too but not by quite the same extent.
Something else to consider -
DDJ batting 3rd - 208 PA's .263/.325/.371
Pods batting 2nd - 331 PA's .296/.344/.385
Now those sample sizes are probably too small to mean anything or maybe their not, but it would appear that Pods is the same hitter if you move him to the #2 spot where DDJ doesn't exactly thrive batting third. Now I realize this has been an exercise in futility since Pods will bat leadoff but why not bat him second? They still have speed at the top of the order which is the whole point anyway. And he would be a better #2 option than Getz or Kendall. Now Kendall does have a .375 career OBP batting second but has only 14 PA's there the last three seasons, with good reason. His late career offensive decline has kept him from batting high in the order and thus depressing his numbers. Kendall batting second? Thanks but no thanks.