Thursday, May 28, 2015

Game 41: Another, uh, makeshift lineup

ST. LOUIS -- The task is no easier Tuesday. Jaime Garcia, the talented 24-year-old lefthander, faces the feeble Phillies offense. Garcia has the third-best ERA in the National League at 1.89. The Phillies have 12 hits in their last three games.

Game 41: Another, uh, makeshift lineup

John Mayberry Jr. will start tonight for injured centerfielder Shane Victorino. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
John Mayberry Jr. will start tonight for injured centerfielder Shane Victorino. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

ST. LOUIS -- The task is no easier Tuesday. Jaime Garcia, the talented 24-year-old lefthander, faces the feeble Phillies offense. Garcia has the third-best ERA in the National League at 1.89. The Phillies have 12 hits in their last three games.

And with Shane Victorino still out because of a sore right hamstring and Raul Ibanez out of the lineup because Garcia is tough against lefties, Charlie Manuel is forced to field yet another unconventional lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. John Mayberry Jr. 7
6. Ben Francisco 9
7. Wilson Valdez 4
8. Dane Sardinha 2
9. Roy Oswalt 1


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Should the Phillies make a trade to resuscitate their offense?
Yes. Enough of the patchwork lineups.
No. Injured players — including Chase Utley — will return soon.

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