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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tonight's lineup is no good

Tonight the Phillies are facing a righty, so Charlie Manuel has decided to use Greg Dobbs at first base instead of Mike Sweeney and the injured Ross Gload. Considering that Mike Pelfrey has a .818 OPS against LHB and a .720 OPS against RHB, I won't argue with this decision. However, he has Dobbs batting sixth -- one spot ahead of Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz is much better than Dobbs against RHP, he has the highest OBP on the team, and he is not significantly worse against RHP than LHP. Here is tonight's lineup:

Rollins, Victorino, Polanco, Ibanez, Werth, Dobbs, Ruiz, Valdez, Kendrick

Here's what I would make the lineup:

Ruiz, Polanco, Ibanez, Werth, Rollins, Victorino, Dobbs, Valdez, Kendrick

Ruiz, Polanco, Ibanez, and Werth all have OBPs above .350. Rollins has an OBP of .340 on the season, and he doesn't walk much. He is fine in the 5-hole, with Victorino, who owns only a .312 OBP on the year, behind him. Dobbs and Valdez are so obviously the worst two hitters in the lineup, and they should be 7-8. Sure, you don't have speed at the top of the lineup -- you have speed at the bottom of the lineup to make things happen with the weaker hitters at the plate.

I know Rollins will always be the leadoff man around here. However, even if he is the leadoff man, Ruiz should still bat higher in the order.

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