Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Phillies catching a break?

Hot off the press, your Phillies lineup for the second game of the Reds series here at Great American Ball Park.

Phillies catching a break?

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Charlie Manuel had a chance encounter with a man on a tricycle during a break between innings early in the game. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Charlie Manuel had a chance encounter with a man on a tricycle during a break between innings early in the game. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

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Hot off the press, your Phillies lineup for the second game of the Reds series here at Great American Ball Park.

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Michael Young, 3B
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Laynce Nix, RF
8. Humberto Quintero, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P

Other than Freddy Galvis on the bench for the first time in four games (the horror!), the most interesting item is the appearance of Quintero. It's his second start in three games.

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As pitching coach Rich Dubee reminded me last week, the Phillies don't have a starting catcher. He's in Florida serving a 25-game suspension.

Carlos Ruiz won't be back in the lineup for another 12 days. Until then, Charlie Manuel will try to find some kind of production out of a sore spot in the batting order.

Erik Kratz, the Opening Day catcher and favorite to see regular playing time in the absence of Chooch, went 0-for-3 on Friday night and is hitless in his last 10 at-bats. He's hitting .171.

Together, Kratz and Quintero have formed what's arguably the least productive catching tandem in baseball in the first two weeks of 2013.

Phillies catchers are hitting .184 (27th out of MLB's 30 teams), with a .180 on-base percentage (30th) and a .486 OPS (29th).

So until Ruiz returns a week from Sunday at Citi Field, Charlie Manuel might turn to Quintero more often. Quintero has started just 3 of the game's first 13 games entering tonight.

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