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Game 149 Open Thread: Marlins at Phillies

Guess where Ryan Howard's hitting today! Ha, trick question, he only bats cleanup.

Rich Schultz

Today we're going to get right into the lineup:

Today's Lineups

Christian Yelich - LF Ben Revere - CF
Reed Johnson - RF Maikel Franco - 3B
Casey McGehee - 3B Chase Utley - 2B
Marcell Ozuna - CF Ryan Howard - 1B
Garrett Jones - 1B Grady Sizemore - RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Domonic Brown - LF
Enrique Hernandez - 2B Carlos Ruiz - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Freddy Galvis - SS
Tom Koehler - RHP David Buchanan - RHP

Where was this Ryne Sandberg earlier in the season? The one who'd change the lineup around from game to game? Today, Marlon Byrd gets a game off and Grady Sizemore is holding court in right field instead. Cody Asche is sitting and Maikel Franco is getting another start. And he's hitting second! For some reason! Instead of Carlos Ruiz!

I'm loving this! For the most part! I mean, Ryan Howard's hitting fourth again, some more, forever, and Franco's hitting second, but I like that Sandberg is keeping his promise to get Franco a decent amount of starts. The Phillies are going to have a difficult decision to make come spring training 2015.

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