The Phillies offensive slump has been unkind to the entire lineup, but the heart of the order has been particularly bad over this recent stretch. Jayson Werth didn't play in Monday's loss and and Charlie Manuel may have seen something in Werth's swing. "I think Werth needs a break. He needs to think about some things. We'll go to the cage and
work on his swing and stuff," Manuel said,
So today, according the Inquirer's Matt Gelb, Charlie did just that and spent some time in the cage one-on-one with Jayson Werth. Will a little cage work with Cholly help solve some of the Phils' problems at the plate? We'll get to see tonight as Werth is back in the lineup batting fifth.
If Werth puts up a doughnut or another golden sombrero tonight, I think it's time we start suggesting other activities besides cage work that the Phillies can do with Charlie to try and get out of their funk. Perhaps a little one-on-one bass fishing with Uncle Charlie or some one-on-one cooking lessons. Or maybe they can combine those two ideas, catch some bass, and then cook them up?
Or maybe they should just get Ryan Howard a whole chicken to sacrifice. Who knows at this point.
Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.82) takes on Tim Hudson (5-1, 2.24). The sure-handed left side of the infield of Wilson Valdez and Juan
Castro will bat second and seventh respectively.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 from Atlanta.