It’s getaway day for the Phillies in Atlanta, so why not trot out one of the most unique lineups of the season?
Rarely does manager Ryne Sandberg use the same lineup two days in a row, and it will be a long time before he duplicates this one.
Check it out:
1. Cesar Hernandez, ss
2. Will Nieves, c
3. Chase Utley, 2b
4. Ryan Howard, 1b
5. Marlon Byrd, rf
6. Dom Brown, lf
7. John Mayberry Jr., cf
8. Reid Brignac, 3b
9. Roberto Hernandez, p
Jimmy Rollins gets a rare day off while center fielder Ben Revere (knee) is off for a second straight game. Revere has never faced Braves’ starter Aaron Harang (5-5, 3.20) and Rollins is 11 for 39 with one extra-base hit and eight strikeouts against the right-hander.
Meanwhile, Chase Utley is 10 for 22 with four doubles and a homer off Harang and Ryan Howard is 6 for 21 with three homers and a double. However, Utley has just three hits in his last 23 at-bats. Howard, though, has homered and driven in two runs in the first two games of the series.
Trailing in the NL East by five games, the Phillies are going for their second sweep in as many weeks. They will turn to Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.26). If Hernandez can’t go deep into the game, Sandberg can turn to a bullpen that has been sensational lately. In the last 14 games covering 34 1/3 innings, the Phillies’ bullpen has a 1.41 ERA with 41 strikeouts and five walks.