Nix starting at first base: Tonight's lineup vs. Jeff Karstens

Laynce Nix will bat fifth in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Laynce Nix gets the start tonight at first base against Pirates righthander Jeff Karstens. Nix started six games at first base last year for the Nationals. He has spent most of his career as an outfielder. The rest of the line-up remains much as you saw it in Thursday's 1-0 win over Pittsburgh on Opening Day. Yes, that means John Mayberry Jr. back in left field.

Without further ado:

  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Hunter Pence RF
  5. Laynce Nix 1B
  6. John Mayberry Jr. LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Freddy Galvis 2B
  9. Cliff Lee LHP
Phillies are obviously going to need more production out of the top half of their order, which combined to go 1-for-14 with three strikeouts and two walks against veteran lefty Erik Bedard on Thursday. 
It is important to remember, of course, that Bedard at one point was regarded well enough that the Mariners parted with top prospect Adam Jones, closer George Sherrill and three minor league pitchers to acquire him. While Bedard, who was 29 years old when the trade went down, failed to live up to expectations in Seattle, his problems never involved his stuff. Injuries limited him to 54 starts from 2008-11, but he was effective when he did pitch, posting a 3.41 ERA while striking out 8.8 and walking 3.7 batters per nine innings.

Even back in 2009, which was their last great offensive campaign, the Phillies started the year off with five base runners, six strikeouts and one run in a 4-1 loss to Derek Lowe and the Braves.

Opening Day doesn't have to mean much. Stay tuned.