Right-handed hitters are batting 102 points lower than lefties this season against Ricky Nolasco, and had an OPS 83 points lower than lefties from 2010-12. Delmon Young has a .702 OPS against right-handers since 2010. And yet, Young is in the lineup, batting fifth Friday night instead of Laynce Nix.
Nix hasn't seen Nolasco a whole lot, but he has reached base in 7 of 16 plate appearances against him, adding more mystery to Charlie Manuel's decision to go with Young. Even if the Phillies want Young to be the guy in right field on most nights, doesn't it still make sense to sit him against a righty with extreme platoon splits?
Ben Revere is back in center, and Carlos Ruiz is back behind the plate to catch Jonathan Pettibone for the first time in a major-league game. Ruiz is batting seventh, which appears to be his slot this year.
Phillies lineup1) Jimmy Rollins, SS (hitless in last 11 ABs)
2) Chase Utley, 2B
3) Michael Young, 3B
4) Ryan Howard, 1B (8-for-33, three homers, four doubles vs. Nolasco)
5) Delmon Young, RF
6) Domonic Brown, LF (.387 BA last eight games)
7) Carlos Ruiz, C
8) Ben Revere, CF
9) Jonathan Pettibone, P
And for the Marlins
1) Juan Pierre, LF (leads NL with nine steals)
2) Donovan Solano, 2B
3) Placido Polanco, 3B (8 for last 46)
4) Greg Dobbs, 1B
5) Justin Ruggiano, CF
6) Marcell Ozuna, RF
7) Rob Brantly, C
8) Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
9) Ricky Nolasco, P