Last night we posted a story that the Orioles are looking, in Dan Duquette's words, for a "set-up hitter" in the next few weeks.
Duquette said it will be difficult to get a "bona fide" leadoff hitter, but he wants someone at the top or near the top of the lineup that has a high on-base percentage.
Well, Duquette's a big believer in on-base percentage, and the Orioles' .302 mark as a team is 26th of 30 clubs in the majors. Even more startling, the team's leadoff hitters this season have a collective .264 on-base percentage. That's the worst for any spot in the lineup, which is absolutely terrible for your supposed top table-setter.
I looked a little deeper into the numbers, and this is what I found from the six Orioles who have hit leadoff this season. It's pretty understandable why this is one of Duquette's priorities this summer.