The Phillies try to avoid losing their fourth-straight game when Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.87) battles Jason Bergmann (1-1, 7.45 ERA) tonight at Nationals Park. First pitch is 7:10 ET.
Readers stole the premise of what would have been my afternoon post by discussing third base as a spot where they’d like to see Charlie Manuel shake things up by getting Greg Dobbs into a game. It was around this time last year when Wes Helms started seeing more time on the bench and would basically become a fixture there for the rest of the season. Dobbs played parts of 68 games at the hot corner during 2007, many of them as a starter, and I challenge anyone to remember a time when his defensive shortcomings proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Meanwhile, Pedro Feliz is 1 for his last 9 and is hitting .200/.240/.316 against right-handed pitching.
If only Cholly was as loosy goosy at third as he is in center field. The bottom line is the lineup he's putting on the field hasn't worked and should be fixed.