Friday, December 26, 2014

Game 55: Luna cleans up

We've reached the point in this strange Phillies season where Hector Luna bats cleanup.

Game 55: Luna cleans up

Joe Blanton starts tonight for the Phillies against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Joe Blanton starts tonight for the Phillies against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

We've reached the point in this strange Phillies season where Hector Luna bats cleanup.

Charlie Manuel is using his 46th different batting order in the team's 55th game. With a day game after an evening game, Carlos Ruiz sits. That necessitated a new No. 4 hitter. The 32-year-old Luna has never hit there in his 320 major-league games.

The full lineup against Carlos Zambrano:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Hector Luna 3
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Placido Polanco 5
7. Freddy Galvis 4
8. Brian Schneider 2
9. Joe Blanton 1

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The Marlins will counter with this against a scuffling Joe Blanton:

1. Jose Reyes 6
2. Omar Infante 4
3. Hanley Ramirez 5
4. Giancarlo Stanton 9
5. Greg Dobbs 7
6. Logan Morrison 3
7. John Buck 2
8. Chris Coghlan 8
9. Carlos Zambrano 1


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