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Derrek Lee batting cleanup and facing Cubs in Braves debut

Aug 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

Derrek Lee will make his Braves debut later this afternoon at Wrigley Field against his former Cubs teammates. He’s also batting cleanup, which is somewhat unexpected for a guy with a .416 slugging percentage.
Of course, Lee hit .304/.358/.528 with six homers and 10 doubles in the 30 games preceding his trade to Atlanta and has a long track record of similarly strong production. However, he batted fourth just 90 times over seven seasons in Chicago, hitting cleanup in only 9.9 percent of his Cubs starts.
Brian McCann has been the Braves’ primary cleanup hitter this season, started there 77 times in 121 games, but the man Lee is replacing at first base, Troy Glaus, also hit cleanup 35 times before losing his job and landing on the DL. McCann is hitting behind Lee in the fifth spot today.

  1. Kiwicricket - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    “hitting cleanup in only 9.9 percent of his Cubs starts”
    Thanks for that.

  2. www.TrashTalkingTshirts.com - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    They traded the wrong guy…
    Zambrano should have been the guy that got traded.
    Must suck to be a Scrubs fan.

  3. bmoline - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Yeah…find someone that will take that contract right now. Not even the Mets would touch him with a ten-foot pole. Lee will be a free agent in six weeks. The Cubs were smart to get something back for him.

  4. Opie - Aug 20, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    “something” is all relative, bmoline, 3 arms are better than none though.

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