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Game Thread 5/28: Phillies at Dodgers

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West Coast road trip, hooray?

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, facing the Dodgers was terrifying. Now that the Phillies have a better record than they do (at least for the moment), it’s not so scary. That might change on Thursday when they face Clayton Kershaw, but for the time being it almost seems like they’re evenly matched!

Will tonight’s game disabuse me of that notion? Let’s look at the lineup and see who will be taking on the Dodgers.

Well it looks like SOMEONE didn’t read my piece on Rhys Hoskins needing to hit lower in the lineup for awhile so he doesn’t cripple the entire offense during his slump. And that SOMEONE is Gabe Kapler, who had a thing or two to say to anyone who wants to move Hoskins down from the No. 2 spot.

Well then! I’ve certainly been told!

Here’s the thing: he’s not wrong in general. But right now, Hoskins is not that guy. The way he’s been hitting lately, he’s not one of the best hitters on the team. At the moment, putting him that high is a liability.

But I’m not a major league manager, of course. Maybe keeping Hoskins, who is hitting around .140 in the last month, in the No. 2 spot and changing almost nothing is how you break a player, and an offense, out of a slump. We’ll certainly find out! If Hoskins breaks out of his slump tonight or tomorrow or this week, I’ll gladly say I was wrong.

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