Cuddyer batting second working out well
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss is seeing good early results from his plan of moving 2013 National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer to No. 2 in the batting order -- up from the middle-of-the-lineup spots he occupied last season.
Cuddyer hit safely in his first 10 games (.386, three home runs and 10 RBIs). He went hitless Friday and on Saturday rested from the lineup, for the first time this season. He was back in the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Giants.
Weiss said when he thought of the idea, he called Cuddyer.
"Cuddy told me, 'I was thinking about calling you and telling you the same thing,'" Weiss said. "It's good we were on the same page."
Weiss said he discussed the issue of moving a hitter with power tools to the No. 2 spot with Tony La Russa, his manager early in his playing career with the Athletics and a sounding board since he was hired as Rockies manager before last season. Often, managers use small-ball types second in the order, but there is room for innovation.
"He loved it," Weiss said. "He did it during his time with St. Louis with [Larry] Walker and [Jim] Edmonds."