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I want Ben Revere to bat lead-off more than Charlie Manuel wants Jimmy Rollins to bat lead-off, and that's saying something. Please Charlie, do the right thing. Revere can fly and he will find ways to get on base. He may add some excitement to the game and try bunting for hits. He can bring flare to what—on paper—seems like an overly dull team.
Revere has no power. Zero. Zilch. He has no value batting seventh or eighth. He would be wasted that low in the lineup. Early runs in baseball are crucial for setting the tone of the game. I can see it now: A Ben Revere first-pitch bunt single, a steal of second base, a sacrifice bunt followed by a sacrifice fly to go up a run.
Sounds a lot better than a Jimmy Rollins two-pitch pop up.
I don't want to rip Rollins, but he is known to be lazy at times. Give the younger, more fiery player in Revere a chance to lead off and see what happens. No lineup is ever set in stone.
Revere's on-base percentage last season was .333, which bodes well for a Phillies team that could hit cold streaks and struggle to score runs. I view Revere as an X-factor this year as much as anything. An efficient year might just take the Phillies back to the playoffs.
I like Revere to bat around .270 with about 53 runs batted in with one—yes, I said it—one home run! I never said it couldn't be of the inside-the-park variety. They all count the same, right?