PHILLIES 6, ROCKIES 5
The most common source of consternation for major league hitters—aside from facing Randy Johnson—is being shuffled around in the lineup, but it doesn't seem to bother Marlon Anderson. At week's end the Phillies' second baseman had started in six slots in the order this season, everywhere but cleanup, the fifth spot and the ninth hole reserved for the pitcher. "It really doesn't matter to me," Anderson says. "I just look at the lineup and try to do my job."
The numbers suggest that Anderson is most comfortable hitting seventh, which is where he landed in this game. He homered and set a career high with four RBIs to help defeat Colorado. Overall through Sunday he was 7 for 13 (.538) when batting seventh and had knocked in six runs, his highest RBI total from any spot in the lineup, even though he had had at least twice as many at bats in the second (44) and eighth (26) holes. Anderson's production has held up no matter where he has hit—he reached base in 25 of his first 28 games this season.