We are off to TD Ballpark in Dunedin tonight to watch the Toronto Jays take on the New York Yankees. The Jays have someone who could really help the Phillies. He could be the missing link in the Phillies lineup. His name is Randal Grichuk.
With the Jays’ big off season free agent signing, centerfielder George Springer, on the shelf with an injury, Grichuk was playing center field for the Jays in the Thursday night’s home opener against the Angels. He has been a major factor with the bat and in the field in the three games played against the Angels in Dunedin.
Grichuk has put on a show in the games against the Angels making two acrobatic catches in Thursday’s game. In the next two games, Friday and Saturday, he went 3 for 8 with two doubles and knocked in three runs. In 32 at bats this season he is 11 for 32 with a homer and 8 RBIs.
Grichuk is playing in the field mainly because Springer isn’t. He is hitting .344 with a homer and a .948 OPS in nine games to start the season. Must be nice to have a fourth outfielder with those kind of numbers.
On the other hand the Phillies have two center fielders where one, Roman Quinn, is hitting .063 in 16 at bats. The other, Adam Haseley, is hitting .211 in 19 at bats. Neither of them have proven to be an impactful starting MLB center fielder.
Grichuk would fit nicely in the Phillies lineup in center field both in the field and with the bat. He could be the missing link in the Phillies lineup, if the two teams could find a match in a trade when Springer finally makes his debut in the Jays lineup.
If not Grichuk, the Phillies need to do something else in center field. Quinn and Haseley are quickly proving that they are not the answer there, especially if the Phillies are serious about competing for the post season.