It's been a beautiful thing when the top of the order is up.
But batters 5-9 - Inge, Laird, Sizemore, Everett, and sometimes Raburn or Avila or Kelly - have all pretty much sucked. None of them are sniffing .300 or a .350 OBP, and their ability to turn base runners into double plays is unbelievable. The following is a hypothetical scenario, but I'm pretty sure it happens at least once a game ...
Another valuable hitter off the bench has been rookie outfielder Brennan Boesch, who has 5 doubles in just 30 at-bats and never met a first pitch he didn't want to swing at.
I miss football season.