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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Game 131: Manuel uses a good lineup; lineup does not produce (73-58)

It is not unusual for Charlie Manuel to bat Chase Utley second to break up the lefties in the order. However, before last night, I can't remember the last time Chase Utley batted second against a righty. In last night's lineup, Manuel managed to avoid two consecutive lefties (Werth batted between Howard and Ibanez; Polanco after Utley). It's good to see that the manager can utilize this lineup against righties as well as lefties.

Unfortunately, it made no difference. The Phils earned one hit in 9 innings en route to a 3-0 loss. Except for the fact that Rollins (.329 OBP) led off while Ruiz (.385) hit 8th, there's nothing the manager can do about a game like that.

Tonight the Phils look to avoid a series loss when Kyle Kendrick faces RHP Carlos Monasterios.

2 comments:

Scott Graham said...

2010 wOBAs for the Phillies players:

J-Roll - .317
Victorino - .331
Polanco - .329
Utley - .360
Howard - .358
Werth - .392
Ibanez - .329
Ruiz - .353

That's:

Werth (best year of his career)
Utley
Howard
Ruiz
Victorino (?)
Polanco
Ibanez
Rollins

Ranking of importance of lineup slots according to Tom Tango
2=4 > 1 > 3=5 > 6 > 7 > 8

Any inputs on proposed lineups?

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