Catcher hit parade
Veteran catcher Jeff Mathis was acquired for his game calling, pitch framing, and leadership; areas that the former Miami Marlin takes pride in.
He came into this year a career .197 hitter. Last year, Mathis did hit .238 with 2 HR and 15 RBI, but teams are not expecting offensive production from him.
Like Coors Field, Chase Field tends to bring out the best in every player’s bat and that has certainly been the case for Mathis. In his first four games in Sedona red, he recorded four hits in 14 at-bats (.286), with a double, triple and a RBI. Three of his four hits have come with two outs.
Chris Iannetta hasn’t had the greatest start at the plate, but Chris Herrmann, who did a start a game in the outfield, has three hits in five at-bats with 2 RBI. That should not surprise anybody; whenever Herrmann played last season, he was productive.