The Philadelphia Phillies have posted their lineup for tonight’s game in Colorado against the Rockies.
The Phillies have moved Trea Turner back to the top of the order. They have used two other players in that spot this year, Bryson Stott and Kyle Schwarber.
Last season, Schwarber captivated the fan base by hitting a National League-leading 46 home runs as the Phillies lead-off hitter.
The Phillies are struggling with injuries and a number of frustrating losses. The lineup has been frequently changed by Manager Rob Thomson.
Schwarber recently went 0-for-19 with seven strikeouts in four games as the leadoff hitter. The Phillies lost each of those games. He has since been dropped to fifth.
Trea Turner or Bryson Stott are the logical choices to occupy the leadoff spot. Both players have speed, the ability to make consistent contact and speed on the base paths.
Schwarber’s power can be better utilized in the middle of the batting order.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner. Photo courtsey of BILL STREICHER/USA TODAY