Manuel’s Odd Lineup
June 23, 2009
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Charlie Manuel did a little bit of a line up shake up but not the one I was hoping for. As I stated in my other post, I wanted to see Jimmy Rollins drop down to sixth. After Todd Zolecki posted today’s line up versus Tampa Bay, I was left a bit confused. Here are his Tweets within the past hour:
Tonight’s lineup in TB: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Feliz 3B, Mayberry LF, Coste DH, Ruiz C.
Howard will DH. Coste will play 1B. Manuel changed his mind.
I like the nine hitters we put in but I still don’t want Rollins, who is sporting a .261 OBP, to get things started. I am officially starting the “Lead Off Shane Campaign.” I also think Manuel’s choice of putting Chris Coste at first was interesting but smart. David Price is pitching tonight and as a lefty that throws some serious heat, Greg Dobbs would be more ineffective than Jamie Moyer. Coste can play the corners and catcher. Having Paul Bako also allows the Phils to use both Coste and Carlos Ruiz in the line up.