And the Back Ups Will Play
September 28, 2010
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The Phillies line up tonight will resemble something similar to a Spring Training line up… or a line up they had in June.
Other than Jimmy Rollins making his first start in almost a month, Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard, the Phils are starting some guys who have seen their fair share of pinch-hit at-bats.
Here is tonight’s line up:
Guys like Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown will get some significant at-bats the remainder of the season. Both are seemingly being looked at for the postseason roster.
Greg Dobbs is a huge question mark for being on the roster. With Wilson Valdez, Mike Sweeney, and Ross Gload having significantly better seasons than Dobbs, it’s going to take a lot of work for him to convince the Phils of a spot on the roster for the NLDS.
Brian Schneider’s place on the bench is locked up. He served as a very good back-up and replacement for Carlos Ruiz all season long and will be enjoying his first trip to the playoffs in his career.
Roy Oswalt will be on a limited pitch-count. I doubt he will throw more than six innings or 70-80 pitches. The Phillies want to keep him rested for the post season along with Roy Halladay, who will not make another start this season, and Cole Hamels, who we are unsure whether or not he will pitch in the Atlanta series.
After Joe Blanton tomorrow and Kyle Kendrick to start the final series in Atlanta, it’s unknown who will go to the hill for the Phils. Vance Worely may get his final opportunity to start.