Thursday, December 25, 2014

Rollins part or rotating middle infield

The Phillies used nine different Keystone Combinations this season.

Rollins part or rotating middle infield

Originally posted as "Phillies Blogathon: Hour 62"

The knee injury that kept Chase Utley from starting the season was the first in a series of events that led to the Phillies using nine different Keystone Combinations this season.

(Editors Note: For those of you under 60 years of age, the Keystone Combination is the second baseman/shortstop.)

Second Base Shortstop     GS W-L
Chase Utley Jimmy Rollins 80     50-30
Wilson Valdez Jimmy Rollins 33 21-12
Pete Orr Jimmy Rollins 17 8-  9
Chase Utley Wilson Valdez 15 10-  5
Chase Utley Michael Martinez     5 4-  1
Michael Martinez      Jimmy Rollins 4 3-  1
Michael Martinez Wilson Valdez 3 3-  0
Pete Orr Michael Martinez 3 2-  1
Pete Orr Wilson Valdez 2 1-  1
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