Charlie Manuel likes to have as much speed as possible at the top of the lineup.
“I always have, haven’t I?” Manuel said after Friday’s 10-5 victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Old school tendencies aside, that’s only part of the reason why the skipper has been flip-flopping Jimmy Rollins and center fielder Ben Revere in the top two spots in the Phillies’ batting order early this spring.
The other part of it is Manuel wants to see what he has in camp. Besides, it’s not like there are a ton of job openings this spring anyway.
“Like I said before, our lineup will work itself out,” Manuel said. “We’ll put our best lineup on the field and adjust it at times.”
With Rollins departed to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, Revere is going to get a chance to show the Phillies’ brass what he can do at the top of the batting order. Manuel is also going with Ryan Howard in the cleanup spot for the seventh straight game this season.
Ryan Howard, iron man?
“He only has 22 more years to break the record,” Manuel joked.
Here’s how the Phillies will start out against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Saturday:
Ben Revere cf
Kevin Frandsen 2b
Mike Young 3b
Ryan Howard 1b
Dom Brown lf
Laynce Nix rf
Carlos Ruiz c
John Mayberry dh
Freddy Galvis ss
Cliff Lee is the starting pitcher with Tyler Cloyd, Mike Stutes and Chad Durbin also expected to take the mound.