Manuel shuffles Phillies' lineup

Ryan Howard bats fifth as the designated hitter tonight as the Phillies try to stop a six-game losing streak. (Tom Mihalek/AP file photo)

It can't be any worse than what has been going down the past six games, can it?

Charlie Manuel posted his lineup for tonight's game against Oakland, and it was a doozy.

1. Jayson Werth, RF

2. Chase Utley, 2B

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Pat Burrell, LF

5. Ryan Howard, DH

6. Pedro Feliz, 3B

7. Shane Victorino, CF

8. Chris Coste, C

9. Eric Bruntlett, 1B

Manuel acknowledged in his pregame meeting with reporters that the lineup change is a product of the Phillies' recent struggles.

“More than likely, if we were winning, I’d go with what’s winning for us,” he said.

Five players are making their season debuts in their respective slots.