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Cupboard Is Bare In The Middle

Here are the numbers from the middle of the order since May 5, the beginning of the four-game Arizona series (14 games):

Chase Utley: 10/51, HR, 5 RBI
Ryan Howard: 12/52, 4 HR, 11 RBI
Pat Burrell: 7/42, HR, RBI
Total: 29/145, 6 HR, 17 RBI

These numbers just don’t cut it for your middle of the order. Burrell’s production has been horrendous, though his on-base percentage has at least remained pretty good (from .442 to .422). It may be worth the trouble to move Burrell into the three-hole, where he hit toward the end of last season, to capitalize off his OBP better. And it may also be worth the trouble to move Howard to the six-hole.

How’s this order: Rollins/Victorino/Burrell/Utley/Werth/Howard/Feliz/Coste

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