The Phillies starting lineup tonight in Atlanta for the first game of the 2013 season against Braves righthander Tim Hudson:
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. John Mayberry Jr., RF
8. Erik Kratz, C
9. Cole Hamels, P
Yes, that's Ben Revere - not Jimmy Rollins - in the leadoff spot. Rollins has been the Phillies long-time leadoff hitter, but he also wasn't in the top spot in the lineup last year, either. With both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the disabled list a year ago, Rollins hit third on Opening Day 2012.
Rollins is hitting second tonight, which isn't too surprising since manager Charlie Manuel said he planned on feeling the situation out with both new, speedy center fielder Ben Revere and Rollins. Since the Braves are throwing a lefthander on Wednesday (Paul Maholm), there's a good chance Revere will remain at the top spot in the lineup - if Revere batted second, Manuel would be running three straight lefthanders out from the second through the fourth spots in the lineup.
The other news out of the lineup: John Mayberry Jr. gets the first start in right field, the only position where the Phillies don't have a clear-cut starter.
Interesting that Manuel went with the righthanded Mayberry against the righthanded Hudson? Maybe.
But Mayberry has hit .308 (4-for-13) with 2 home runs off Hudson in his career. He's walked four times and struck out twice.
The lefthanded-hitting Laynce Nix has also hit .308 in his career against Hudson (8-for-26) with one home run. He's walked once and struck out eight times.
Here's the Braves' lineup tonight: