Welp, it’s finally happening.
When the season started, a lot of people were worrying about playing time with the roster, since it featured four outfielders with three spots and a young second baseman that had no where to go. The amount of innings would be spread out evenly, manager Gabe Kapler said, with player realizing as the season went on that, wow, they were in fact getting a lot time on the field.
Now, all of those issues are resolving themselves. First, it was the J.P. Crawford injury that temporarily relieved the infield logjam, even if it did put Scott Kingery out of position. Now, it’s the Rhys Hoskins injury that will see Nick Williams receiving regular at bats. That, of course, leave the team with a sudden depth problem in that outfield, but that has been resolved by giving Dylan Cozens his first taste of the big leagues. Needless to say, there will be some interesting playing time discussions again.
So, for this week’s edition of FanPost Friday, I pose this question: what do you think is the optimal way to approach these next few weeks with the Phillies? Do you believe that the Williams-Herrera-Altherr outfield should be the regular one, or should Cozens be inserted into the starting lineup with more regularity? Might the team begin pursuing solutions from outside the organization to be a more permanent fix? Let’s face it - Altherr and Williams haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire with their offensive contributions as starters. What should the lineup look like?
It’s been an interesting few weeks. The team has stayed afloat against the better competition, but with Hoskins out, even though he was slumping badly, they will be facing some more good competition without one of their better hitters. Share with us your ideas about how the team should be looking at this schedule as we enter June.
As usual, if there is one that we see that we really like, it’ll go up on the main page. Good luck and happy writing!