5 Changes Ryne Sandberg Should Make To Philadelphia Phillies’ Lineup

5 Changes Ryne Sandberg Should Make to Philadelphia Phillies' Lineup

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The Philadelphia Phillies have stumbled out of the gate in many facets of the game in 2014. The season may still be young, but it's never too early to shake things up to try and get the team performing better. Here are five changes manager Ryne Sandberg should consider making to the Phillies' lineup in the hopes of doing that.

5. Platoon Cody Asche

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5. Platoon Cody Asche

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Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has gotten off to a poor start in 2014. He's batting only .196, so giving Jayson Nix some playing time at third could help give the Phillies some variety at the bottom of the lineup.

4. Limit Jake Diekman Against Right-Handed Hitters

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4. Limit Jake Diekman Against Right-Handed Hitters

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Philadelphia Phillies reliever Jake Diekman is very effective against lefties, but not so much against righties. He's allowing them to bat .316 against him this year, so Sandberg should be more aware of the situations that he brings Diekman in for.

3. Drop Ryan Howard to 5th in the Batting Order

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3. Drop Ryan Howard to 5th in the Batting Order

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Ryan Howard had a good game earlier today, but the Phillies' first baseman has struggled overall at the plate. He was effective in a short stint batting fifth earlier this year, so the switch could allow him to see more pitches and get his bat moving.

2. Bat Domonic Brown At Cleanup Spot

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2. Bat Domonic Brown At Cleanup Spot

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Why not? Left fielder Domonic Brown is probably the Phillies' most dangerous power hitter outside of Ryan Howard, and he needs to get comfortable with batting in the middle of the lineup for when guys like Howard and Chase Utley are no longer around.

1. Let Tony Gwynn Jr. Play More Often

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1. Let Tony Gwynn Jr. Play More Often

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Reserve outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. is batting .292 with a near-.400 OBP. He is a patient hitter who has played good defense to boot, so there's no reason why he can't find his way onto the lineup card more often while the Phillies struggle.

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