I touched on this in my last post and in the comments, but here are the splits for when Gary Sheffield bats fourth and when he doesn’t in 2009.
Batting fourth: 13-37, 5 BB, .371 AVG, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI
Not batting fourth: 5-34, 9 BB, .147 AVG, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
With Interleague Play about to kick off, the Mets will look to Sheffield to provide some power in the cleanup spot, especially with Carlos Delgado out of the lineup.
Sheffield has been battling some food poisoning, but should return to the lineup tonight, hopefully batting fourth.