The Phillies are back at Citizens Bank Park after a looooooooong month-and-a-half in Clearwater. The on-deck series with the Blue Jays gets underway tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Cliff Lee takes the hill in the Phillies' penultimate spring training game. The Phils face Mark Buehrle with a batting order that could resemble their lineup against left-handed pitchers. Ben Revere is in the leadoff hole, Jimmy Rollins is batting second and John Mayberry gets the nod in right field.
The lineup looks like this:
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Michael Young, 3B
6) Domonic Brown, LF
7) John Mayberry, RF
8) Erik Kratz, DH
9) Humberto Quintero, C
A few thoughts...
- Quintero getting the start behind the plate is an indication he's the front-runner over Steven Lerud for the backup catching job.
- Young batting fifth against lefties would be a good idea. Even during his struggles last season, he managed to hit .333/.371/.423 against southpaws. Though he might fit better in the two-hole against lefties, or even batting third with Chase Utley second to split up the lefties.
- Rollins is a significantly weaker hitter against lefties, so moving him down to somewhere around six might work better. Over the last three seasons he's a .244 hitter with a .651 OPS against left-handers.
- Maybe the best sign of Dom Brown's spring was his success against same-handed pitchers. He went 11-for-31 (.355) against lefties with a homer and a double.