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Jimmy Rollins is leading off.
It is the first time Manuel has used this lineup this season: 1, Rollins, shortstop; 2. Placido Polanco, third base; 3. Chase Utley, second base; 4. Ryan Howard, first base; 5. Jayson Werth, right field; 6. Victorino, center field; 7. Raul Ibanez, left field; 8. Carlos Ruiz, catcher.
“He’s got more legs underneath him,” Manuel said, referring to Rollins. “His foundation at the plate has been better. The other day when he showed me he could run (Thursday in Game 5) … I’ve always looked at him as our leadoff hitter, and he is the guy. It’s not that Victorino can’t do it. Victorino also has some success in the postseason hitting down in the order in the sixth and seventh hole.”
Jimmy Rollins is back in the Phillies lineup tonight, but he is not hitting leadoff.
Charlie Manuel is having Rollins hit sixth, and it sounds like it could be for more than just tonight’s series finale against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Manuel thinks Rollins, who has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats, needs a different look. Fifty-four games into the season, Rollins is hitting just .217 with a .257 on-base percentage.
Rollins did not start yesterday, the third time this season Manuel has rested Rollins to try to get him going. Tonight is the fourth time this season Rollins has not hit leadoff. (He hit fifth the previous three times.)
While Rollins has hit .217 overall, he has hit .213 in 48 games in the leadoff spot, which ranks 39th out of 41 hitters who qualify for the statistic. His .249 on-base percentage is worst amongst those 41 leadoff hitters. His .294 slugging percentage is tied for 37th with Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell.
Matt Stairs is attending his daughter’s high school graduation today, which means the Phillies have just three bench players available: Greg Dobbs, Eric Bruntlett and Chris Coste.
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.
The Phillies open their Grapefruit League schedule tomorrow afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Brandenton.
Here’s the starting lineup:
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- Shane Victorino, CF
- Raul Ibanez, LF
- Ryan Howard, 1B
- Geoff Jenkins, RF
- Matt Stairs, DH
- Jason Donald, 2B
- Eric Bruntlett, 3B
- Chris Coste, C
Every regular other than Jayson Werth, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz will be making the trip. Jamie Moyer starts. Joe Blanton follows him.