Good morning from Pittsburgh!
- Shane Victorino, CF
- Placido Polanco, 3B
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- Hunter Pence, RF
- Ty Wigginton, 1B
- John Mayberry Jr., LF
- Carlos Ruiz, C
- Freddy Galvis, 2B
- Roy Halladay, P
There had been some thought Manuel would have Juan Pierre hit first and play left field, but he chose Mayberry in left and Wigginton at first. One reason for that is the righty-lefty matchup against Pirates left-hander Erik Bedard. The other reason is Manuel wanted to show a little faith in Mayberry, who struggled this spring, but played well for the Phillies down the stretch last season.
“I looked at how Mayberry played at the end of last year,” Manuel said. “I figured we wanted to get Wigginton’s bat in the lineup. I put him in the five-hole because of his strength, and his power numbers in the past. One guy I was really considering playing was Pierre. He’s going to get to play a lot. He’s going to lead off a lot. And Mayberry is going to play a lot. So is Wigginton and so is Laynce Nix. I’m going to play a lot of guys early in the season and kind of get them lined up and in a position where they do feel confident to have a good season.
“When I look at our lineup, the more players I can get on the field early I think that’s really going to help us down the road. Our guys are going to get to play. Our bench can play now more than ever.”
Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:
- April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
- May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.