NEW YORK - The injury-ravaged Phillies went with a new-look lineup Monday night on the road against the Mets.
J.T. Realmuto, who has batted fifth in 17 of 18 starts this season and cleanup in the other, is in the two-hole for Gabe Kapler against Mets lefty Steven Matz.
Kapler said Monday afternoon that he spent some time thinking about who to bat second in this lineup. His goal was to keep Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Realmuto as the 3-4-5 because of how well they've fared in those spots, but the more he thought about it, Realmuto was the most logical option to bat second.
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Maikel Franco remains in the five-spot for the second straight game. Aaron Altherr is in center field in place of Roman Quinn.
1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
2. J.T. Realmuto, C
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Phil Gosselin, SS
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
8. Aaron Altherr, CF
9. Jake Arrieta, P
Batting Realmuto second could get him an extra plate appearance in this game. On Sunday, the Phillies had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth inning, trailing 4-1 with Hernandez at the plate. Hernandez grounded out softly to end the game with Harper waiting on deck.
If a similar situation is presented tonight, the Phillies would have a better bat in the two-spot.
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