Utley Heads to Bench

lineup 2015Ryne Sandberg issued an interesting lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves.

First, Chase Utley is on the bench. He is hitting .103 this season and .215 with a .610 OPS in 555 plate appearances since May 29, 2014. Let’s see what Sandberg says in the dugout, but if I’m the manager I tell Utley to take a seat tonight and tomorrow night. There is an off day Thursday, so Utley could have three consecutive days to relax and clear his head. Jeff Francoeur said a weekend off benefited him Monday, when he went 4-for-5.

An extended rest has benefited other struggling hitters in the past. It might help. It might not. But it’s something to at least try.

Second, Ben Revere is playing right field for the first time since 2012, when he played 84 games there with the Twins. I think this is a precursor to Maikel Franco‘s promotion from Triple-A, which could happen as early as May 15. Whenever Franco is promoted the Phillies will want him to play regularly. That means plenty of time at third base, which means Cody Asche moving to left field.


What does Francoeur get for his 4 for 5 night? “Ride the pine, big boy!”

I just heard Amaro on the radio give Chase a vote of confidence and suggest it is the worst batting luck he’s ever seen

If Revere does not have a strong enough throwing arm to play center everyday how can it be good enough to play rightfield?

Because Ryan Sandberg is in over his head !

Another defeat for Amaro’s Army. The news from the front keeps getting worse and worse.

Interesting that the news that Asche may have to change his position just happened to coincide with his going into a batting slump…

Please get Utley a copy of this journal article – which could help Hoard, too. Neither of them can apparently pick up the spin on a slider any more, and these guys at UC Riverside got improved results on actual baseball players in those exact areas.

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