BOSTON -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel started Greg Dobbs at third base Saturday against the Red Sox because Placido Polanco is ill.
Polanco is hitting .316 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 212 at-bats. He also has a .352 slugging percentage and a .468 slugging percentage. Dobbs has struggled. He is hitting just .133 with one home run and five RBIs in 60 at-bats. He has a .200 on-base percentage and a .233 slugging percentage. He also is just 1-for-24 as a pinch-hitter.
Out of 60 qualified pinch-hitters in Major League Baseball, Dobbs' .042 average is 59th. Colorado's Dexter Fowler, who is 0-for-11 as a pinch-hitter, is last.