The Inquirer's countdown to Opening Day continues.
It's down to 9.
Nine as in ... nine days before the season opener.
Nine as in ... right field.
Jenkins and Werth are expected to platoon in right field, although nobody knows exactly how Charlie Manuel will work that situation. But a platoon makes sense. Jenkins, who hits lefthanded, has hit .288 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage against righthanded pitchers, but just .242 with a .313 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage against lefthanders. Werth, who hits righthanded, has hit .284 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .486 slugging percentage against lefthanders, but just .249 with a .342 on-base percentage and .408 slugging percentage against righthanders.
"We've joked about it," Jenkins said. " 'Man, you put your best with my best, and that's a pretty darn good player.' "
"We've been hanging out," Werth said. "We're getting along good, so there's no animosity or anything if that [a platoon] ends up happening. We've been throwing some numbers out there. Somebody made the comment - maybe it was Pat [Gillick] or Charlie [Manuel] or somebody - about the numbers we could put up, and we said, 'Man, if we could do that, we'd be all right.' We'll see."
Manuel didn't blink when somebody asked him earlier this spring if Jenkins and Werth could combine for 40 homers.
If they did that, it would be one of the best platoons in recent memory.
The Phillies would take it.
Other features today include:
- Bill Lyon writes about the prototypical rightfielder.
- Your Vote and Our Vote. You picked the greatest rightfielder in Phillies history. We picked the greatest rightfielders in baseball history.
- Phillies Memories. Some memorable Phillies moments from right field.
- Good Field/Bad Field. Jenkins picks his favorite and least favorite places to play right field.
- The Best At. We take a look at the league's best arm in right field.
- Right Field Rankings.
- The Gloves. Take a look at the gloves of each of the Phillies' position players, plus Cole Hamels and Brett Myers.
- The Timeline. A timeline of rightfielders in Phillies history.
- Jenkins in Motion. A video look at Jenkins.
- The Jenkins Gallery. Inquirer photographer David M Warren's photo gallery of Jenkins.
It looks like Adam Eaton locked up the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation.
But this doesn't mean Eaton is out of the woods yet. He needs to continue to pitch well. Because the Phillies will put Kris Benson into the rotation, if they think he can help. So if Eaton struggles the first four to six weeks of the season, his job won't be safe.