Who's (Gonna Be) On First?

Since Ryan Howard will be out for a while (we say "Heal up good, big guy, and see you after the All-Star Break"), it will be interesting to see who plays first base until he is able to return and fills in for him as he eases back into the lineup.

We found nine players among the Phillies' 40-man roster (and one non-roster invitee to spring training) that have manned bag No. 1 in regular-season major league games.

Pretty cool (at least to us) that Chase Utley's number of games at first matches his uniform number ... and that Brian Schneider's number of games at first matches the number of no-hitters he is going to catch in 2012.

 Player     GP at 1B 
 Jim Thome  1102 
 Ryan Howard  994 
 Ty Wigginton  258 
 Chase Utley  26 
 John Mayberry  18 
 Laynce Nix  9 
 Kevin Frandsen  4 
 Brian Schneider      2 
 Placido Polanco  1