Phillies’ leadoff hitters are batting just .233 with a .283 on-base percentage this season, so manager Charlie Manuel is trying something different tonight against the Brewers.
Per CSNPhilly.com, Michael Young will bat leadoff tonight for the first time since 2004. The 36-year-old has made 242 starts out of the leadoff spot during his career, but all of them were during his first four full seasons in the big leagues.
Young only has 11 extra-base hits through 53 games this season, but he has been more patient than usual, walking at a rate of 11.6 percent while swinging just 41 percent of the time. He has a 6.7 percent walk rate for his career and has never topped 7.9 percent (2009) in a season. Who knows if he’ll keep it up, but the increased patience is welcome development given that he’s no longer driving the ball like he used to.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.