Saturday, February 13, 2016

Corner outfield defense a glaring concern

Typically, teams like to configure their corner outfielders by placing the strongest arm in right field, where the throws to third base are longer. The Phillies' strongest arm is Domonic Brown's, and he has started every game in left field.

Corner outfield defense a glaring concern

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Typically, teams like to configure their corner outfielders by placing the strongest arm in right field, where the throws to third base are longer. The Phillies' strongest arm is Domonic Brown's, and he has started every game in left field.

Laynce Nix made two throws to home plate from right field Friday that arrived well late.

"Nix and [John] Mayberry have both played a lot of right field," Charlie Manuel said. "Domonic has played left and right. I kind of like him better in left because of how he moves and everything."

Manuel was not happy with the decision Brown made on a fly ball to left that could have been a run-scoring single and instead became a three-run triple. It is likely Brown remains in left because the Phillies eventually want Delmon Young playing in right field despite it being a position he has not manned since 2007.

Concern for defense in those spots will linger.

"We did a lot of work," Manuel said. "I feel like we did quality work. ... We better improve. That’s important."

EXTRA BASES. Royals reliever Bruce Chen earned his first win in Philadelphia since June 29, 2001, when he was a member of the Phillies' starting rotation. He went 11 years between appearances here. ... Chase Utley added two more hits Friday to a 7 for 15 start in 2013. ... The Phillies are 3-7 in openers at Citizens Bank Park.


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