Morse the Merrier

Michael Morse continues to fill in at first base while Adam LaRoche rehabs his shoulder. At the plate, Morse has been absolutely on fire recently, batting .382 with five home runs and 11 RBI over his last 10 games. Michael Morse is batting .386 (22-for-57) with 4 doubles, 6 home runs and 13 RBI in May. Among those with 55-plus plate appearances in May, Morse’s .389 batting average ranks third in MLB behind only the Rays Matt Joyce (.412) and Cardinals John Jay (.392). Morse has hit safely in a team season-high eight straight games at a .387 (12-for-31) clip with 2 doubles, 5 homers and 11 RBI. One more thing, Morse has hit safely in all 13 of his starts in May, going 20-for-48 (.417) as a member of Jim Riggleman’s starting 9.

Phillies:

Jimmy Rollins – SS

Placido Polanco – 3B

Chase Utley – 2B

Ryan Howard – 1B

Raul Ibanez – LF

Carlos Ruiz – C

Domonic Brown – RF

John Mayberry – CF

Cliff Lee – P

 Nationals:

Roger Bernadina – CF

Ian Desmond – SS

Jayson Werth – RF

Michael Morse – 1B

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Ivan Rodriguez – C

Jerry Hairston – 3B

Brian Bixler – LF

Jason Marquis – P

 *Marquis has struck out the Phillies 58 times over his career.

 **Brian Bixler gets the start in left field today, while Laynce Nix and Rick Ankiel get an evening off. Bixler has only appeared in one game against the Phillies in his brief Big League career, so it should be interesting to see what he does at the plate tonight.

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