With the Phillies' lineup as deep and as talented as it's been in a decade, fans can't get enough of lineup chatter.
Who should lead off?
Is the two-hole still reserved for the Phils' best hitter, as Gabe Kapler laid it out in 2018?
How do the seven- and eight-spots shake out?
Will the pitcher definitely bat ninth?
Kapler talked at length Wednesday afternoon about lineups, both in a philosophical sense and practically with the 2019 Phillies.
Reading between the lines, it sounds as though we won't see as much of the pitcher batting eighth.
It sounds like Jean Segura will indeed bat second, not Bryce Harper or Rhys Hoskins. That may sound obvious but it's not, given the way modern lineups are constructed. Mike Trout bats second. Kris Bryant bats second. So does Aaron Judge. Christian Yelich was the Brewers' two-hole hitter. One-third of Paul Goldschmidt's plate appearances came batting second.
Segura is most comfortable in the two-hole. He had 505 plate appearances there last season.