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Rise and Phight: 7/26/2023

A reward for a game winning hit?

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Baltimore Orioles v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Making lineup chairs is, to me, akin to shuffling deckchairs on a ship. It doesn’t really do that much other than placate the angrier corners of the fanbase. Sometimes it does work, but more often than not, the manager goes back to his preferred set of batters.

With the Phillies, it might be time to see someone else batting the two hole.

Trea Turner has been pretty bad this year and has now combined that with a rough patch for the offense which is struggling to score runs. If ever there was a time to shuffle things up, now might be it. The only question is who? Most might prefer to see Bryson Stott hitting second, but that would place three left-handed hitters in a row. That’s not optimal. A right-handed hitter is probably what Thomson would want to put there, but who is the best option?

In this writer’s humble opinion, I wouldn’t mind seeing Alec Bohm get some plate appearances there. J.T. Realmuto would maybe be a better option, but he’s not hitting either. Nick Castellanos ain’t doing it either and Johan Rojas is a platoon player right now. I might give Bohm some run in the second spot and see how the lineup responds. Can it get worse right now?

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