Mired in a bit of a slump, Chase Utley isn’t in the Phillies’ lineup Friday night against White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Utley has at least one hit in 17 of his last 19 games, but is batting .217 over his last six games with no walks or RBIs and just two-extra base hits. He also committed three errors in Thursday night’s win.
Starting at second base is Thursday night’s hero, Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen has been one of the Phillies’ most valuable players in 2013. He’s batting .295/.387/.453 with a major-league leading 11 pinch-hits. He also has nine RBIs off the bench, which is second in all of baseball to Braves rookie Evan Gattis.
The timing of Frandsen’s hits has set him apart. In the seventh inning or later with the Phillies tied, ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck, he’s hitting .391 with seven RBIs. In “high leverage” situations, he’s 13 for 31 (.419) with 13 RBIs. (For a closer look at what "high leverage" refers to, go here.)
With Utley out, Michael Young slides up to the three-hole and Delmon Young moves from sixth to fifth.
Here it is:
1) Ben Revere, CF (.411 BA, .922 OPS last 28 games)
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Michael Young, 3B
4) Domonic Brown, LF
5) Delmon Young, RF
6) Kevin Frandsen, 2B (.379 BA vs. lefties as a Phillie)
7) Darin Ruf, 1B
8) Carlos Ruiz, C
9) Jonathan Pettibone, P