During Tuesday’s beat writer-clubhouse visit time, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin shared his plans for the last 18 games of the season. And he and GM Matt Klentak are finally making it official.
C Jorge Alfaro will continue to get the majority of the playing time, even with Andrew Knapp activated from DL today.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 12, 2017
Pete Mackanin said with Altherr, Herrera and Williams in OF that Rhys Hoskins will spend most of the rest of the season at first base.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 12, 2017
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING, SINGING THE SONG OF ANGRY —
Jorge Alfaro will get the majority of the playing time at catcher, and Rhys Hoskins will spend most of his time at first base instead of in left field. Cameron Rupp and newly activated Andrew Knapp will be spending their time on the bench, as will Tommy Joseph.
With Rupp and Alfaro, things were already trending slightly in that direction. Of ten September games, Jorge Alfaro has gotten six starts while Cameron Rupp has gotten just four. That’s not a huge difference, but now Mackanin has said it out loud. Hopefully
As for Hoskins, there’s no more room for him in the outfield with Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera back. That leaves two options: first base or the bench. And the manager that benches 2017 Rhys Hoskins is an idiot who wants to get fired. Especially if the other option at first base is 2017 Tommy Joseph.
Mackanin announced one other thing.
Phillies will go to a six-man rotation to finish season. Henderson Alvarez will slot into it sometime this weekend, perhaps Sunday.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) September 12, 2017
The Phillies need 18 more starts from their pitchers. And to help, they’re calling up Henderson Alvarez, who was signed as a free agent last week, and switching to a six-man rotation. That means each member of the rotation gets three more turns on the mound. Let’s hope this helps, or at least doesn’t suck too much. In the waning days of the season, that’s really as much as we could hope for.