Is Rob Thomson still platooning Brandon Marsh in centerfield against left handed pitching?
Brandon Marsh will not be in the lineup tonight at Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Miami Marlins.
Kyle Schwarber will be in the DH spot tonight batting second, as Josh Harrison takes over left field duties. Cristian Pache will be in center, leaving Brandon Marsh out of the lineup.
Pache over Brandon Marsh tonight in center for the Phillies
Brandon Marsh, who worked out of a platoon in centerfield last season with the Phillies, is apparently still doing that this season which honestly, doesn’t really make much sense anymore given his strong start to the year, specifically against left handed pitching.
- Brandon Marsh: .385/.429/.923, 2 HR, 7 RBI
- Brandon Marsh vs Lefties: 4-for-9
On the other hand, Cristian Pache, who can’t seem to hit a baseball to save his life, has two hits in nine at-bats this season with one RBI. He’s slashing .222/.222/.555 early on this year.
While one game isn’t really a big deal at all, I would prefer if Rob Thomson and company did not do this for games moving forward. A lineup with Harrison in left and Pache in center is miserable for the defending National League Champions.
I am well aware that the Phillies are running short on options while dealing with key injuries to their lineup and guys certainly do need rest.
Hopefully, as it typically happens, both Pache and Harrison go crazy tonight and make me look like a total idiot.
I just don’t want to continue a platoon situation as we get things rolling this year. If we are going that route, then add Scott Kingery to the 26-man roster and call him up to the MLB level.
In 31 at-bats with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season, Kingery has scored six runs with seven hits, two home runs, three RBI, and three stolen bases. Sure, he’s also batting .226 but has a .830 OPS.
Can’t get any worse than Pache or Harrison. I will lose my mind if Thomson starts with this platoon shit when they are the only other options in the Phillies dugout.