ATLANTA — Through 24 games, the Phillies are about as dead even as can be. They have won 12 and lost 12. They have scored 80 runs and allowed 80 runs. They are 5-5 and home and 7-7 on the road.
And they are only 2.5 games back of first place. So as bad as their brand of baseball has been in the season's first three-plus weeks, it could certainly be worse.
Charlie Manuel agrees, and he will send the same lineup against the Braves in Wednesday's second game.
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Shane Victorino 8
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Ty Wigginton 3
6. Laynce Nix 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Freddy Galvis 4
9. Roy Halladay 1
The lone roster change is Erik Kratz for Jim Thome, who went on the disabled list with a bad back. A few Twitter followers asked why Kratz was recalled instead of another triple-A player. In the grand scheme of things, Thome's replacement won't see much playing time. Kratz is better suited for the bench.
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