While Starling Marte made his return to the starting lineup earlier in this 11-game homestand, Jose Tabata has still received the majority of starts in left field and as the lineup's leadoff man. For the record, Marte is healthy and missed Friday's game because his wife birthed their child Smerling Marte.
But beyond that, why keep starting Tabata?
"We’re keeping Jose in there because he’s hot. Marte’s good to go," Hurdle said. "This has been as good as we’ve seen him since we saw him in April of ‘11."

Jose Tabata has been a revelation in the leadoff spot after Marte's injury. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Hurdle's right. On this homestand alone, Tabata is hitting .393 with two home runs. Overall, the improvement seen in Tabata has been a testament to his consistency and approach this...

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