Daniel Nava’s Ability to Get on Base Earns Him Another Game Atop Boston’s Order

Daniel Nava's Ability to Get on Base Earns Him Another Game Atop Boston's OrderEditor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days.

Daniel Nava's surprising season continues, as Bobby Valentine will once again have the 29-year-old outfielder atop his order on Friday.

Nava has been sensational since getting called up to the big leagues at the beginning of May. He's hitting at a .318 clip, and his on-base percentage is a stellar .455. So while he may not be made in the traditional leadoff hitter mold, it's hard to put him anywhere else in the lineup when he's setting the table for the middle of the order like he has been.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia continues to impress at the dish as well, and his power has earned him a spot near the heart of Boston's order. Salty will bat fifth against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on Friday.

Here are the Red Sox and Nationals temperatures for June 8.

Red Sox
Daniel Nava 87
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 83
Scott Podsednik 78
Adrian Gonzalez 78
Darnell McDonald 77
Kevin Youkilis 72
Nick Punto 72
Kelly Shoppach 72
Will Middlebrooks 72
Marlon Byrd 67
David Ortiz 62
Mike Aviles 61
Ryan Sweeney 57
Dustin Pedroia 55

Nationals
Roger Bernadina 81
Ryan Zimmerman 76
Jesus Flores 76
Jhonatan Solano 73
Michael Morse 71
Xavier Nady 70
Tyler Moore 68
Bryce Harper 67
Adam LaRoche 65
Steve Lombardozzi 63
Ian Desmond 56
Danny Espinosa 50
Rick Ankiel 49

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