The Phillies season will be starting in an hour when they play the Atlanta Braves in Georgia. Surprisingly there will be a new name coming to the plate in the first spot in the lineup for the Phils. Charlie Manuel is sending centerfielder Ben Revere up there to start the game and not veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be in the lead off spot .
You can understand why the centerfielder is leading off when you think of Revere’s speed and ability to steal bases. The key will be his willingness to be patient at the plate and take walks. If he can get on base it’s going to mean more fastballs for Rollins who is batting second, Chase Utley who is batting third and Ryan Howard, who will be in the fourth spot.
The Phils will have their work cut out for them with Roy Halladay showing a dropoff. He must find a way to pitch without having overpowering stuff.
Tonight, I like their chances with Cole Hamels taking the mound.