Do Phillies Know Ruf or Not?

Darin RufIt sounded a few weeks ago like Darin Ruf would receive fairly consistent playing time the rest of the season, but it hasn’t happened that way.

Since he started three consecutive games at first base from July 23-25, Ruf has started just four of the Phillies’ next 18 games: twice at first base and twice in left field. Ruf did not start tonight against the Angels at Angel Stadium, despite going 3-for-5 with one home run, two RBIs, one walk and one hit by pitch in the past two games.

“Weaver is extremely tough on right-handed bats,” Ryne Sandberg said about Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.

Ruf and Domonic Brown seem to have fallen into a gray area. They are 28 and 26, respectively, so they are not young players anymore. But the Phillies also want to know what they have going forward, which would seem to mean more playing time for them as the team plays out the string.

Or maybe the organization already know enough about them and playing time is no longer an issue?

“I would say in some regards (we) still need to see them,” Sandberg said. “It’s more for what type of role are we talking about? If it’s a pinch-hit type of a situation, having some experience doing that. If it’s an everyday guy, putting together a full year and being able to do that. There is some uncertainty still going forward with what both of those guys can do.

“I can see what (Ruf) can do on the defensive side of things. I think he’s fine in left field. I think he’s very good at first base, but with the situations he’s been in the past couple years here and not being able to have a string of at-bats against all the pitchers, it’s hard to really get a gauge still.”

So then what would have been lost by playing Ruf against a tough right-hander like Weaver?

“That’s the tricky part of making up the lineups and also trying to win a game,” Sandberg said.

2 Comments

Sorry to say it, but Sandberg is overmatched. Sizemore is playing for a free agent contract. The point is not to win this year, but to see what if anything Ruf and Brown can contribute in 2015 and 2016. If Ruf can give you 30/90 and Brown 25/85
for very low comparative salaries for the next two years, I’d be happy with that. Byrd
does not fit into the Phil’s’ future, nor does Sizemore. We don’t need to see what they can do, but we do need to see Ruf and Brown get a lot of ABs. And yes, I am appalled at Brown’s awful D.

Sandberg is turning out to be an idiot, who ignores stats. Does he not know that Ruf hit 50 points HIGHER against righties last year? He hit higher against righties than Howard did. Lamest reason in the ball bag. Time for the Ryno experiment to end.

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