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Crisis Averted: Manuel Splits Up Left-handers

Charlie Manuel split up the left-handers in his lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves, which no doubt brings great relief to the masses.

Here is tonight’s lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Jamie Moyer, P

Manuel explained that he moved Victorino from sixth to second because he is 4 for 11 (.364) in his career against Jair Jurrjens. Werth is 2 for 6 (.333), and liked him in the No. 5 hole.

I personally like the idea of splitting up the left-handers, but I also understood Manuel stacking the left-handers Sunday on Opening Night. Against a dominant pitcher like Derek Lowe, I think Manuel was playing for the big inning during the first seven or eight innings, rather than worrying about the potential need for a rally in the ninth.

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