Gabe Kapler changes up Phillies lineup for just third time this season in Fish finale

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Scott Kingery will enter the starting lineup on Sunday

It was less than twenty-four hours ago that we referred to the Phillies manager as “Everyday Gabe” in the headline for Saturday night’s Gameday feature. For that contest, Gabe Kapler ran out the same starting lineup for the 11th time in the season’s first 13 games.

After the Phillies had their doors blown off in a 10-3 defeat, Kapler stated that there would be changes on Sunday. The starting lineup which he has submitted does indeed reveal changes, all at the very bottom of the batting order.
Kapler also stated that Scott Kingery, who doubled in both the 8th and 9th innings last night, would be in the starting lineup today. He is, but not where you might expect.
With second baseman Cesar Hernandez off to a .178/.240/.244 slash line over his first dozen games and 50 plate appearances and producing yet another o-fer on Saturday night, one might expect that Kingery would be playing in his place. However, Kapler has actually moved Hernandez up a spot, from seventh to sixth, in his batting order. Kingery will instead be starting at third base, giving Maikel Franco a rest.
The other change to the lineup and batting order finds Andrew Knapp batting eighth and catching. This will mark the second straight weekend during which J.T. Realmuto has been given a break.
The first five batters in the Phillies order this afternoon will look very familiar to those who have followed the club through the season’s first couple of weeks.



  • Vince Velasquez: (0-0), 3.00 ERA, 0.667 WHIP, 4 hits allowed over 6 innings with a 4/0 K:BB ratio
  • Velasquez is making just his second start after going five innings in Monday’s victory over Washington. He allowed four hits and two runs, both scoring on a home run off the bat of Kurt Suzuki in the 2nd inning.
  • Velasquez is 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 career starts vs Miami, allowing 40 hits over 51 IP with a 51/14 K:BB
  • Jose Urena: (0-3, 9.22 ERA, 2.122 WHIP, 24 hits over 13.2 innings with a 10/5 K:BB ratio
  • Urena is 3-4 over his career vs the Phillies. In 14 games (10 starts) he has been bombed for 11 homers in 56.2 IP


  • The Phillies went 11-8 vs the Marlins last season, the lone NL East opponent against whom they had a winning record.
  • The Marlins defeated the Phillies in all three of their 2018 series at Marlins Park. The Fish won two of three games to open May, in mid-July, and again in early September.
  • After the game the Phillies return home to meet the division-leading New York Mets for the first time this season.
  • The Phillies appear to be more aggressive on the base paths this season, but it has not translated to stolen bases. The club has just two steals in the early going. Last season only the Marlins, Cubs and Cardinals stole fewer in the NL.


  • First pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm EDT at Marlins Park in South Florida
  • TV coverage: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: SportsRadio WIP 94.1 FM, WTTM 1680 (Spanish)

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