Thursday, May 28, 2015

Who Ya Got, Part II: Thome at first, Rollins at lead-off, Ruiz at No. 6 tonight?

Earlier today, we took a look at how players like Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan might be Roy Halladay's biggest concern tonight as he matches up against Marlins ace Josh Johnson.

Who Ya Got, Part II: Thome at first, Rollins at lead-off, Ruiz at No. 6 tonight?

Where will Jimmy Rollins bat against Josh Johnson? (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)
Where will Jimmy Rollins bat against Josh Johnson? (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)

Earlier today, we took a look at how players like Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan might be Roy Halladay's biggest concern tonight as he matches up against Marlins ace Josh Johnson.

Well, let's have some more fun with small sample sizes.

The Phillies hitter with the most success against Johnson? None other than utility man Pete Orr, who is 6-for-15 with a walk in 16 career plate appearances against the right-hander. I don't think that will be enough to convince Charlie Manuel to sit El Guante, especially since Freddy Galvis is coming off his first major league hit (I'm pretty sure "El Guante" is como se dice "The Glove" en espanol, pero if I am wrong, let me know, particularly if it is something offensive).

One small sample size Manuel might take into account is the one home run that Jim Thome has hit against Johnson in one career at-bat. With lefty Mark Buehrle on tap for tomorrow and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and lefty Jon Niese following for the Mets, tonight would seem to be a logical place to use Thome.

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The Phillies regulars with the most success against Johnson are Shane Victorino (9/30, 2 2Bs, 2 BBs, 2 SO) and Jimmy Rollins (9/30, 1 2B, 1 BB, 4 SO). I also would not be surprised to see Rollins leading off tonight.

Here's the line-up I'd most like to see tonight:

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Shane Victorino CF
  4. Jim Thome 1B
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Carlos Ruiz C
  7. John Mayberry Jr. LF
  8. Freddy Galvis 2B
  9. Roy Halladay RHP

I think we have a very good shot at seeing Thome hitting clean-up. Manuel might not want to move Rollins back to lead-off because it could be interpreted by the masses as a drastic move indicative of serious concern about the offense. Ruiz in the six-hole makes sense to me because hitting him in front of Mayberry puts his base-reaching ability in front of Mayberry's power.

We shall see. ¡Viva El Queso Alto!



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