With Inter-league play staring for the Phillies tomorrow against the New York Yuckees in new Yankee Stadium, there is a serious question that good ol’ Cholly needs to answer: Who should be the Phillies’ DH?
I’m sure it’s going to change depending on the situation, like if the pitcher is a righty or lefty and what stadium they’re playing in, but there are a few options.
Could it be Matt Stairs? He’s been a beast off the bench so far in his pinch hitting role and the DH role seems to fit him perfectly. He’s a power bat that doesn’t need to play in the field to stay sharp at the plate.
Greg Dobbs? He hasn’t regained the form that he had last season as the top pinch hitter in baseball, but I think that’s a result of not getting enough at-bats. Last season, he would get the occasional spot start. This season, he hasn’t really gotten much playing time and his PH results show that.
Chris Coste? Don’t want to do that because if Chooch gets hurt, the Phils lose the DH when Coste enters the game as a catcher
Minor league call up? According to Scott Lauber, Manuel said the Phillies will most likely not call up Lou Marson to DH against the Yanks.
In my opinion, it’s going to come down to Matt Stairs as the DH most of the time. He’s just got the power that traditionally comes with being a designated hitter. When it’s not Stairs, I think it will be Dobbs. He needs to get some at-bats to try and get his swing back in order. He just doesn’t seem to have the same vision at the plate that he had last season. He needs to get some starts and at-bats in order to keep him sharp for his PH role.
What did you guys think? Here’s the results, first the Twitter responses.
Steve Gengler: “RHP – Stairs (he’s seen more AL pitchers), LHP – Bruntlett”
Mike Mader: “Dobbs as often as possible. He needs the ABs.”
LordVader311: “Definitely Matt Stairs in my opinion for two reasons, he has done it before and Ibanez is too talented to waste on a DH role.”
Vladys Knight: “Matt Stairs”
Cavalier92: “While you might think it’s Matt Satirs, I really think Dobbs is the man. He needs some ABs”
Kyle Radzinski: “greg dobbs then matt stairs”
Sean O’Callahan: “matt stairs is probably the best option”
RCinPA: “No brainer: Matt Stairs vs. righties.. vs. lefties: Eric Bruntlett? They could flip a regular w/ a bench guy also”
Ben Sanfilippo-Cohn: “rotate the DH to give starters a rest and fill in holes with Dobbs. He needs more looks to get it going this year”
Gene Carey: “Torn between Dobbs and Stairs. Dobbs needs some ABs, but Stairs has best numbers on the bench. Maybe Bruntlett against a lefty.”
DobbsFan: “GREG DOBBS, of course!!!!! :-)”
Estebomb: “I think it’s obvious that Matt Stairs should be the DH. If Dobbs was hitting better I might make an argument for him.”
Anton Limberski: “Stairs. Give the fattie a chance!”
Whew. That was a lot. Now on to our Facebook responses. If you’re not friends with us on Facebook already, go here and do it!
Joshua R. Simonetti: “in yankess stadium… Dobbs” (Yes, he spelled Yankees wrong, but I’m leaving it – KK)
Brian Urbiztondo : “coste”
Joshua R. Simonetti (again. Couldn’t fit it all in one comment I guess -KK) “dobbs needs ABs…. stairs is a guy that can come off the bench in the 8th or 9th if u need a bomb… gettin dobbs some ABs during interleague play will help him in the long run.. we need him to produce in pinch hit situations down the line”
Tom Humphreys: “Against rhp: matt stairs or dobbs….against lhp:coste or bruntlett..its all depending on the situations”
Ryan Parmer: “u gotta go w the guy who’s been producing this year… matt stairs over dobbs. as far as against lhp to me its a toss up between bruntlett n coste. we face pettite n sabathia sat n sun.”
Ruel Peterson: “MATT STAIRS.”
Dave Cremi: “it depends if u need power go with stars if you want a quality hit or contact go with dobbs”
Wow, lots of responses to this poll. Most we’ve gotten in a while. The DH issue obviously brought out a lot of opinions. Thanks peeps.
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