Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Game 44: Michael Young moves to first base

Michael Young has started 76 career games at first base, but none as a member of the Phillies. He will do that in Sunday's finale against Cincinnati as the Phillies attempt to win a series.

Game 44: Michael Young moves to first base

The Phillies´ Michael Young. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Phillies' Michael Young. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Michael Young has started 76 career games at first base, but none as a member of the Phillies. He will do that in Sunday's finale against Cincinnati as the Phillies attempt to win a series.

Young has displayed immaculate patience this season. He leads the team in walks with 22. That is significant because while Young has always hit for a high batting average, his on-base percentage is hurt by a lack of walks. Young's walk rate is 13.6 percent in 2013. His career rate before this season was 6.6 percent.

He qualifies as one of the few bright spots for a sputtering offense.

Ryan Howard and Delmon Young both sit against Homer Bailey, a righthander. Ben Revere, after sitting the previous four games, is back in center and batting second.

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Bailey's last outing was a 10-strikeout, complete-game effort against Miami. He threw eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts against the Phillies in April at Great American Ballpark.

The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Ben Revere 8
3. Michael Young 3
4. Chase Utley 4
5. Domonic Brown 7
6. Laynce Nix 9
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Freddy Galvis 5
9. Jonathan Pettibone 1


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