Juan Pierre has been one of the Phillies' consistent hitters this year. His .312 batting average is second on the club and he has stolen 27 bases. For a contending club, he would be a nice piece the team can use at the top of the order. However, the Phillies should let him go.
This is not a knock on Juan Pierre, but last night's game is proof that the Phillies need to change this new dynamic on their roster. Facing left-handed Ross Detwiler the Phillies typically would have played an outfield of John Mayberry, Shane Victorino, and Hunter Pence, giving them three right-handed hitters. Instead, Manuel felt he had to put Michael Martinez in center field simply because he is a switch-hitter who can hit right-handed.
Now? The Phillies' roster gives them fewer options: The Phillies replaced right-handed Hunter Pence and switch-hitting Shane Victorino with lefties Nate Schierholtz and Domonic Brown. There is just no balance.
So how would Charlie fill out his lineup card against...