Jones came up with a solid single in the first tonight off Jason Marquis and then grounded out in the third. He is now 3-for-7 on the year when batting in that spot.
Is that what they mean by small sample size?
Yes, that is incredibly small. But I like Jones batting second and probably mentioned that two, 20 or a hundred times this winter in discussions on this blog.
Those fans against the move point out correctly that Jones doesn’t take enough pitches or walk a lot.
But I like the combination he has of speed and power in that spot. I like having someone that fast getting on base ahead of the middle of the order. I think Jones enjoys hitting there although he seems to be careful to never express a preference for that spot in the order when asked.
I also like Nick Markakis batting third. Even with his average at just .249, I still see him as the best all-around hitter on the team and it’s never a bad idea to have your best hitter batting third.
Will we see Jones batting second more? Maybe so, and I don’t have a vote on it either way. If I did, you know how I’d vote.