Manager Charlie Manuel tells Randy Miller of Phillyburbs.com that Jayson Werth is now a starter, leaving a disappointed and scuffling Shane Victorino fighting for playing time. [Link]
Victorino his hitting just .235/.296/.322 on the season and has been hobbled by a calf injury, while Werth excelled in center during Vic’s stint on the DL and is hitting .272/.348/.544 with nine home runs, three of them coming in Friday night’s breakout performance.
Beerleaguer: The trouble is, the last two games have demonstrated why Werth began the year in a platoon situation in the first place. Werth went hitless with five strikeouts in the last two games, each started by right-handed pitchers. Now, the Phils draw three righties in a row against Washington. So the timing is questionable, plus, they could use Vic’s wheels behind Myers, who’s given up plenty of deep drives this season.
Or, we could take it with a grain of salt and look at the situation as having three very good 4th outfielders, with playtime being granted to the hottest hitter. There’s nothing wrong with having a healthy competition. The list is long with players who’ve been challenged to perform, stepped into starting roles and punched the gas. David Dellucci did it. Victorino did it. Nevertheless, in Cholly’s defense, Vic has looked out of sorts since opening day. He hasn’t been getting on base nearly enough to justify more playing time, especially at the top of the lineup, where Werth’s patience is an asset.
The Rod Barajas Series: Because of the delays, I missed much of the game. Fortunately, Hall of Fame poster MG provided a first-hand report:
- Bad series. Phils need to take 2 of 3 against a team with a pedestrian offense and not facing Halladay as a starter. Phils have already failed to take care of business against some weaker opponents this year with favorable matchups. Let's hope it is not the start of a trend.
- Feliz was shockingly patient at the plate today. Actually took some pitches including 2-first ball strikes on his first two AB, held off some bad pitches, and got jammed on a really good pitch with the bases loaded.
- I understand Cholly felt he had to go with Durbin for another inning because of the bullpen's heavy usage over the past two days. Once again though, Cholly was behind the curve with his bullpen. When Durbin lost Scutaro on 3 straight balls that missed the plate badly, he should have had someone ready to go to replace Durbin. Instead, Gibbons PH with Overbay and Durbin hung him a fat meatball on the inside of the plate. You could tell the instant it left the bat that it was crushed.
- Dobbs is the best Phils' PH of the past 25-30 years. Just gets locked in and drives the ball well. Maybe only Greg Gross could be considered a better option.
Today’s number: 24.5. The percentage of fly balls allowed by Brett Myers that have sailed over the fence.