For only the second time in 2012, Shane Victorino does not appear in Charlie Manuel's lineup.
It's not that Victorino has been especially bad of late; he's hit .257 with a .696 OPS in June. But those numbers mirror a season that has been a veritable slog for the free-agent-to-be. If the season ended today, Victorino would post career lows in rate stats like batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Victorino was among league leaders last season when 10.2 percent of his hits went for extra bases. That rate has dropped to 7.4 percent in 2012, which would be his lowest since 2006.
Before the season started, Victorino boasted he'd lead the league in triples as part of a national ad campaign for Major League Baseball. Through 71 games, he doesn't even lead the Phillies. Juan Pierre has three and Victorino has two.
The lineup against James Shields:
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Carlos Ruiz 2
5. Ty Wigginton 3
6. Placido Polanco 5
7. John Mayberry Jr. 8
8. Michael Martinez 4
9. Cliff Lee 1
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