“We were releasing Aaron Rowand every day,” Manuel said of the former Phillie notorious for his springtime woes.
Still, in 10 games the Phillies have slugged 14 home runs. Sure, windy conditions have helped a few balls clear the fence and Dom Brown and Ryan Howard have combined for six of those homers. But, including those homers, the Phillies have 38 extra-base hits in 10 games.
More significantly, 43 percent of the Phillies' hits this spring have gone for extra bases.
Howard, who has six extra-base hits out of 10 total, will be back in the lineup for the 10th straight day on Monday against the Pirates. The Big Piece is slugging a robust .917 through the early going and as long as Howard gives Manuel the thumbs up, he's going to be out there.
“He’s starting to swing it good,” Manuel said about Howard. “He’s getting his legs underneath him and he’s feeling better.”
The Phillies' hitters will be looking to add a few more extra-base hits to the stat sheet at McKechnie Field on Monday.
1.) Ben Revere cf
2.) Mike Young 3b
3.) Chase Utley 2b
4.) Ryan Howard 1b
5.) Darin Ruf lf
6.) Dom Brown rf
7.) John Mayberry dh
8.) Yuniesky Betancourt ss
9.) Humberto Quintero c
John Lannan, Adam Morgan, Raul Valdes and Mike Adams are scheduled to pitch for the Phillies.