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Grady Sizemore is playing center field and leading off in his Phillies debut

Jul 11, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Not only did the Phillies call up Grady Sizemore from Triple-A, he’s starting in center field and leading off in his Philadelphia debut tonight.

Philadelphia’s usual center fielder and leadoff man, Ben Revere, is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of an ankle injury.

Sizemore made a dozen starts in center field for the Red Sox before they released him last month, but played primarily the corner spots and also hit just .187 in his final 42 games.

Signed to a minor-league deal by the Phillies, he batted .283 with one homer and a .723 OPS in 11 games at Triple-A to convince them he was ready to return to the majors. And now they’re throwing him right into the fire.

  1. tmc602014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Good luck dude, this might be your last chance…

  2. zukny1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    people talk constant crap on Revere. He has been the best hitter on this team for the past month though. Sizemore has a nice chance and I hope he runs with it, but it doesn’t spell the end of Revere. If anything, it spells the end of the 1 month wonder: Cowboy Fan Dominic Brown

    • greymares - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Whether Revere or Brown goes will be determined by who wants them. There will be many more offers for Brown because he has power. Revere has no power no arm and can’t go back on a ball.

  3. jrski1966 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    I’m not a Phillies fan but live in the Philadelphia area. Ben Revere is horrible. He shouldn’t even be on a MLB Roster. He cannot hit anything but singles, does not walk and is the WORST CF in MLB. Runners on 1st base consistently take 3rd on a single with the arm he has. As far as Dominic Brown, his days with the Phillies are numbered. He will be sent to Reading if Sizemore does anything at all especially when they activate Cliff Lee after the AS Break. He has options left so he doesn’t have to go thru waivers. Every team in the NL hopes Amaro keeps his job as GM. He is absolutely the worst in MLB.

    • schmedley69 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Yeah, the guy really is bad all-around player. People like the person who posted above get caught up in his batting average, but when you factor in his lack of power and lack of walks, and his horrible defense, he’s not a guy that you can afford to play on a regular basis. I will take Dom Brown over Revere any day. At least Brown has the ability to hit the ball out of the park and has a decent arm. Revere has one tool, speed, and it’s negated by the fact that he doesn’t get on base enough and takes bad routes on balls in the OF.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        This is not a defense of Revere….but to say you people are focusing too much on BA to take him over Brwon. Okay – then what about OBP, SLG, OPS and WAR. All of which Revere is higher in.

        Browns dWAR is slightly better, but they still both suck in that regard

      • schmedley69 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Neither player is having a good season, but Ben Revere has very limited ability and will never be good no matter how hard he tries. He will never develop power or an arm. If he doesn’t have it by now, he never will. What’s the point of playing him? Brown has a lot of ability, but he doesn’t get the most out of it. More than likely, he will never tap his full potential, but the potential is there. There is not much potential there with Revere.

      • zukny1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Ben Revere, Phillies Roster:
        Most Stolen Bases, Most Triples, Highest Batting Average,
        3rd highest OBP (Ruiz, Rollins & Utley ahead) tied w/ M Bryd.
        Tied in 8th on amount of strikeouts w/ Mayberry. That’s 8 people on the Phillies that have struck out more than Revere.

        Revere has limited power and his Outfield is average at best, but the fact is he is a quality start any day of the week over a 225 batting average strike out whore crappy fielding Dominic Brown.

    • hgulkkcaj - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Twins fan here, and I was about to refute your idea that Revere is the worst CF in the MLB. He was incredible in his time in Minnesota, but a quick check on Fangraphs even shows he’s been pretty awful since going to Philly.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        His career ops+ is 83. He’s clearly a well below average option, whose numbers are pathetic at best for a leadoff man, and his numbers say he shouldn’t occupy any spot in the lineup. He’s clearly a AAAA player, and his defense (read: extreme noodle arm, inconsistent fielding) makes his value even less. The phils only start him because RAJ can’t judge talent, and because they don’t have anyone better.

    • greymares - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      It’s not possible for Revere to walk, pitchers won’t throw him a ball they put the ball in the center of the plate because 7 out of 10 times he makes an out and all others are singles anyway.

  4. rje49 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    But isn’t a lead-off man supposed to get on base often?

  5. skerney - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Giants fan here, Gregor Blanco is the worst CF in baseball

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