Jayson at Leadoff – Well Werth It
I am not knocking Jimmy Rollins as a player. Frankly I do not care if he hits 200 for the rest of his career as long as he maintains his career fielding percentage of .983, which would rank first in the history of the Phillies franchise.
With that said I have never liked him as a leadoff hitter especially the year he won the National League MVP award. Jimmy Rollins has never reached a .350obp or 60bb in a full season, staggering stats for a leadoff man. On the other hand, Jayson Werth has never had a year under a .360obp since joining the Phillies.
Argument for Werth
Since joining the Phills in 2007, Jayson Werth has tallied 120 walks in 789 at-bats or 1 every 6.5 at-bats. He has stolen 35 bases and only been caught 3 times giving him a 92% success rate. Batting #1 he is 17-61(.278avg) with the Phills with a .372obp. Leading off an inning with the Phills he is 51-166 (.307avg) with a .398obp. Since 2007, Werth has 120bb in 925pa or .13 BB/PA, almost double Rollins career .073 BB/PA.
This is not rocket science guys. A leadoff man should see pitches, foul a few off, make the opposing pitcher tired. Werth has a career 4.52 P/PA and 4.55P/PA since joining the Phillies. Jimmy on the other hand, 3.21 for his career. Werth is 2nd in the MLB,1st in the NL, this season in P/PA and would have finished the same last year but fell a few plate appearances shy for eligibility.