Chase Utley was back in the lineup and batting second for the Phillies in their third game of the spring Monday against the Tigers. He batted twice, grounding out to the right side on a first-pitch outside fastball in the first and walking on four pitches in the fourth. The Phils faced lefty Drew Smyly, which could explain Utley batting second. But that just might be the best spot in the lineup for him. Whether it’s Jimmy Rollins or Ben Revere leading off, the Phillies’ second batter figures to find himself in plenty of no-out, man-on-second situations. Why not have Utley, your best hitter, at the dish? In his career with no outs and a runner on first, second or third, Utley is a .308 hitter with 60 RBIs, a .382 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage in under 400 plate appearances.
Numbers show Chase Utley belongs in the two-hole
CSN Philly | Feb 26