This afternoon, National League manager Mike Matheny released his starting lineup for the All-Star game. By choosing to insert Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton as the National League’s designated hitter, Matheny created a pretty scary lineup.
Here’s the full lineup.
The NL starting lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulo SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy Gomez LF TOMORROW ON FOX! #ASG
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 14, 2014
With Utley being the only representative for the Phillies, it would be nice to see him get two to three at-bats, for numerous reasons.
First off, I’d like to have a vested interest in the game as long as possible, because I really don’t care who wins the game that much, because it isn’t like the home-field advantage in the World Series will impact the Phillies.
Secondly, to see Utley get back to the All-Star game just a few years after injuries seemed to have destroyed his career is special. Given that he is 35 and the Phillies are a bad team, there’s no guarantee that he will ever get back as a Phillie. So I’d really like to see him play until the fifth or sixth inning, if possible.