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Apr 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (2) shown in the dugout during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Phillies defeated the Braves 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Revere Continues To Struggle; Time To Change Up Leadoff Spot?

The Phillies offense has been struggling to score runs and one of the biggest reasons why is because of Ben Revere’s slow start in his first season with the Phils.

Apr 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (2) walks from home plate after striking out to Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Revere was supposed to be the guy that could get hits and get on base, but so far, that hasn’t been happening too often. Other than Revere’s five stolen bases and his amazing defense, he has been a bit of a disappointment. I know it’s extremely early in the season, but Revere already has 10 strike outs and is batting .207. The Phils offense all begins once Revere sparks the offense by getting on base, but lately, he has been hitting weak ground balls. Now there has been some cases in which he does reach base safely, and unfortunately, no one can bring him home. It might be time to experiment and mix up the leadoff spot and possibly move Revere down in the lineup. Jimmy Rollins is off to a slow start, so maybe trying J-Roll in a spot where he is comfortable in as the leadoff hitter, is the solution. That being said, if Rollins doesn’t work out in the leadoff spot, many will wonder whether the Phillies pulled the plug on Revere hitting leadoff too early.

Last season, Revere batted almost .300, so I believe he can turn it around, I just hope he turns it around sooner rather than later. The Phillies are already 6 games back, and they definitely do not want to keep slipping farther and farther back in this tough NL East division. They have to start winning ball games if they want to compete in the National League.

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