Cameron Maybin has obviously taken over as the starting center fielder for the Braves. Monday was the ninth straight time manager Fredi Gonzalez has penciled Maybin in as his starter at the position.
In the previous eight games, Maybin was 9-for-27, a .333 batting average, with a home run and seven runs batted in. Entering Monday’s game, Maybin was hitting .239 with four home runs and 12 RBI on the season in 67 at bats. His on base percentage is at .329, which is 20 points higher than his career OBP.
Eric Young, Jr. started the season as the everyday center fielder. He is hitting just .164 on the season in 67 at bats.
Maybin his .235 last year for San Diego and had only one home run and 15 RBI in 251 at bats. He’s on pace for 20 home runs and 60 RBI this season, which would be the best numbers of his career.
Maybin had a career high nine home runs in 2011 with San Diego. His career high in RBI came the next season when he had 45.
Will Gonzalez move Maybin up in the order? Maybin has done much of his damage as the eighth place hitter this season. With his power, Maybin might be more of an option than Alberto Callaspo, who hit fifth in the order Monday night in Cincinnati.
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Maybin the new center fielder for Atlanta
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