The Phillies season will be over in about 24 hours.
In the second to last game of 2012, Charlie Manuel is trotting out a lineup that doesn't include a single player from his Opening Day starting nine. It includes just one player who is a lock (barring health, of course) to be in the 2013 Opening Day lineup: Chase Utley.
Of course, Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf could be in the mix to break camp and have starting jobs when 2013 begins, too.
In his short time in the lineup, Ruf has certainly made an impression. Ruf has hit safely in all 7 games he's started: .360 (9-for-25) with a HR, 3B, 2 2Bs and 6 RBIs.
He's hitting fifth tonight.
"I like Ruf’s swing," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I like his setup, I like his swing. ... I think he has a chance to hit. His swing is good. He’s hit everywhere he’s been. I like what I see out of him as far as the ball jumping out of his bat, he’s got power, he’s got power to all fields, he don’t mind hitting the ball to the right side of the diamond. I like him."
Unprompted, Manuel also evaluated Ruf's transition to left field and likened him to a former Phillies outfielder.
"I think he can definitely be adequate," Manuel said. "I compare him and I think he can be like a Raul Ibanez in left field. Kind of that order as far as fielding goes."
1. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
2. John Mayberry Jr, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ty Wigginton, 1B
5. Darin Ruf, LF
6. Domonic Brown, RF
7. Erik Kratz, C
8. Michael Martinez, SS
9. B.J. Rosenberg, P
--Jimmy Rollins probably won't play in the final two games of the season, according to Mauel. Rollins was out of Monday's lineup after tweaking his right calf this weekend in Miami.
--The Phils don't have a grand plan on how they'll handle tonight's bullpen game, but Rosenberg could probably go as many as three innings before handing over the baton. The Phils will likely opt to go with the freshest arms in a pen that was busy in September. Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo did not pitch Monday, meaning they'll likely see action.