Monday, October 20, 2014
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Game 75: Facing Pennsylvania's finest

If the postseason were to begin Monday, one team from Pennsylvania would qualify. Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a slim lead on the second wild card spot. They are 38-33 on the strength of decent pitching and timely hitting. They have won six of their last eight.

Game 75: Facing Pennsylvania's finest

Mike Fontenot celebrates his two-run home run against the Orioles with Juan Pierre. (Nick Wass/AP)
Mike Fontenot celebrates his two-run home run against the Orioles with Juan Pierre. (Nick Wass/AP)

If the postseason were to begin Monday, one team from Pennsylvania would qualify. Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a slim lead on the second wild card spot. They are 38-33 on the strength of decent pitching and timely hitting. They have won six of their last eight.

Charlie Manuel has made one Phillies lineup switch, inserting Mike Fontenot at second base. It's Fontenot's first start since June 15. He's hitting .333 (18 for 54) in limited action.

The next two days could decide the fate of Fontenot or Michael Martinez. (That's the sort of drama these Phillies are currently reduced to.)

With Chase Utley's return likely Wednesday, one of those players will return to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Both have options and can be demoted without passing through waivers. Martinez plays better defense and can man shortstop if needed. Fontenot is a better hitter.

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The lineup against righty Jeff Karstens:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Carlos Ruiz 2
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Placido Polanco 5
7. Ty Wigginton 3
8. Mike Fontenot 4
9. Joe Blanton 1


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