sj2k wrote:ok, I am grasping at straws here, but here it goes. 1 reason could be like chris shelton, young guy, don't want to put pressure on them. also, the phils lineup at the top is pretty nasty, rollins leading off, then abreu3rd, burrell cleanup and utley 5th. Of course, howard should be fith, utley cleanup an dhoward 5th, but thats not the point.
ideally Abreu should be leading off given his great OB% and speed. But since he is not a team player and he refuses to do it, it is now causing lineup issues because he will "only" bat 3rd. I'd like to see Abreu lead off, Rollins 2nd, Utley 3rd, Burrell 4th, Howard 5th, Delucci/Rowand 6th, Bell, Leiberthal. this way you have leftie, switch, leftie, right, left, left/right platoon, right, right.