06/16/08 9:44 PM ET
Lewis trying to settle into leadoff spot
Outfielder feels he doesn't have patience, but numbers there
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Yet Lewis often doesn't feel comfortable "working" pitchers as he should.
"I'm not trying to get too deep in the count. I tend to strike out a lot," he said.Indeed, Lewis led the Giants before Monday with 63 strikeouts. But the left fielder also had a team-high 29 walks, swelling his on-base percentage to .362. Only Aaron Rowand (.374) and Ray Durham (.378) were higher among the Giants. Interestingly, No. 3 hitter Randy Winn, who leads off against left-handed starters when Lewis doesn't play, has compiled nearly identical statistics. Winn owns a .361 on-base percentage, 26 walks, a .454 slugging percentage (compared with Lewis' .459) and 10 stolen bases (Lewis has a team-high 12). Winn was hitting .301 to Lewis' .281 and had struck out 34 times, almost half as much as his teammate. Manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that he and his brain-trust have discussed batting Lewis lower in the order. But Lewis' and Winn's proficiency at their respective spots leaves Bochy content with the status quo.
"I don't want to change that right now," Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.