Despite a preference for a consistent line-up, manager Terry Collins knows the importance of keeping every player sharp, which can be hard to do when the weather is cold.
To that regard, Collins pays attention to the match-ups. So, with right-handers scheduled this weekend Collins opted to start Justin Turner at second base today against left-hander Eric Stults.
TURNER: Not sitting today.
Collins said this was not to be interpreted as a setback for Daniel Murphy, who missed most of spring training with a strained right intercostal muscle. Murphy has shown no signs of being reinjured or in discomfort, although he’s struggling at the plate, going 2-for-9.
Collins also plans to give left-handed hitters Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin each a start. It is presumed Nieuwenhuis will start in center and Baxter in right, but Valdespin is undecided.
Here’s this afternoon’s batting order against the Padres’ Stults:
Collin Cowgill, CF: Won the center field job by hitting .30...