by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere made it back into the starting lineup Sunday against the Reds after sitting out four games to work on his swing. It seems the time off paid off.
Revere tied a season-high with three hits, including his second double, in four at-bats. He added one run and his eighth stolen base. Revere is batting .435 (10 for 23) in his last 10 games (seven starts).
Ben Revere losing playing time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Despite batting .357 with a .438 on-base percentage in his last 13 games, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere was out of the starting lineup for a season-high fourth game in a row Saturday against the Reds. John Mayberry got the start in Revere's place.
Revere has been limited to six starts against left-handed pitchers this season, but only two of the four games he has sat out have been against lefties.
Revere told the Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday that he has been getting time off to work on his swing. Revere, who has just two extra-base hits in 118 at-bats, said he is trying to work on driving the ball.
"We've kind of been talking and going back to my old films from the minor leagues with the Twins and trying to find that power stroke," Revere said. "I know back then I was a 10-triple guy, it was gap-to-gap with everything, and they want me to get back to that and I do too. That’s the stuff I’m working on."
Ben Revere back atop batting order
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Buoyed by a strong start to the month of May, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere returned to the leadoff spot for Sunday's game at Arizona. Revere, who had been toiling at the bottom of the lineup since being dropped from the top spot April 18, has registered a .400 average and .483 on-base percentage in 10 games this month.
'Scuffling' Ben Revere bouncing in and out of lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere reached base three times Sunday against the Marlins, which was just the second time in 27 games Revere accomplished the feat in 2013. His reward was earning a spot on the bench for Monday's game against the Giants.
Manager Charlie Manuel opted to start John Mayberry Jr. in center field against left-handed hurler Madison Bumgarner. Revere, who is batting .212, is hitting .176 against left-handers this season. Monday was the second time in five games Mayberry replaced Revere in center field.
"I didn't say Ben couldn't hit," Manuel said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "He hit .294 in the big leagues in 500 at-bats last year. He can hit. He's scuffling right now."
Still believing in Ben Revere's speed
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Both the Phillies and Fantasy owners were expecting another solid season out of Ben Revere, coming off a 40-steal season with a .294 batting average a year ago. Unfortunately, through the first month-plus, Revere is batting just .204 with six steals, leading his ownership rate to drop to 63 percent over the last week.
Our Nando Di Fino cannot get behind the rush to drop Revere in his latest Waiver Wire column. Revere's strikeout rate is up significantly, from 9.8 percent last season to 13.9 percent this season, which goes a little way toward explaining the 90 point drop in his average. Even with that, however, Revere has been the victim of a bit of bad luck so far, thanks to a career-low .241 batting average on balls in play.
Revere has not really changed his approach at the plate, as he is still hitting a ton of grounders. Unfortunately, he has just a 5.4 infield hit percentage and 16.7 bunt hit percentage, both of which are half of his rates from a year ago. Revere turns 25 Friday, a bit young to say that he has simply lost his speed. If Revere can leg out a few more dribblers like he did last year, he should be fine.
Nando still believes in Revere's ability to get to the 35-40 steals range, with a .280 batting average by the end of the season.
Ben Revere dropped to eighth
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) For the first time this season, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere (finger) was the No. 8 hitter during his return to the starting lineup Friday against Miami. Revere, who has missed five of the past seven games with hamstring and finger issues, has a .204/.245/.226 line through 24 games.
Ben Revere losing grasp on everyday role
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) With his offense failing to match his defensive prowess, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere could be sinking into a platoon situation in center field with John Mayberry, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Revere is hitting .204 and has been dealing with an assortment of minor injuries, leading manager Charlie Manuel to mix Mayberry into the center-field position as well as the corner outfield spots.
"Mayberry's been playing good," Manuel said Thursday. "[Revere's] finger, it definitely made it easier to put Mayberry in there, of course."
The speedy Revere, who was obtained from the Twins during the offseason in the hopes of becoming a dynamic leadoff option atop the Phillies' slugging lineup, has drawn only five walks in 24 games and has just one extra-base hit.
"Just take it one game at a time, that's all you can do," he said about his production, which includes a .245 OBP. "It's early. Don't put too much pressure. I know I can hit. I just can't put too much pressure on myself."
Ben Revere out of the starting lineup Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.
With Delmon Young back in the picture, manager Charlie Manuel will have to balance playing time between four outfielders. John Mayberry will replace Revere in center Thursday, and will bat eighth.
Phillies hope shorter stride helps Ben Revere
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Phillies manager Charlie Manuel hopes a shorter stride will help turn around center fielder Ben Revere's slow start to the season.
"Ben's got a lot going on," Manuel told MLB.com about Revere's swing. "His style of hitting, he takes a long stride and he takes a long stride for a little guy, and he swings hard. And he hits a lot of balls on the ground. Is that wrong? I don't know. I mean, because I guarantee you he's been told to hit the ball on the ground. I haven't told him that, but I'm sure a lot of people have."
Manuel continued to say, "Basically, what we want to do, we'd like to slow his stride down, might get his stride a little shorter and get him to be quicker with his hands instead of a lot of movement and real hard swings. There's ways you can work with him, but at the same time, too, he's never going to be a guy who's going to hit doubles. I'll take that back, he could hit some doubles because he's fast, if he hits the ball in the right place."
Revere has hit .200/.234/.222 with just one extra-base hit in 96 plate appearances this season.
Ben Revere a non-factor in first game back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere (quadriceps), who had been held out of the lineup since April 24, was 0 for 3 in his first game back against the Indians Tuesday night.
He has three hits in his last 25 at-bats and has not scored since April 19. Revere has a .200/.234/.222 line with four RBI in 90 at-bats.
Ben Revere still missing for Phils
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere missed his fourth consecutive game Sunday against the Mets as he continues to be hampered by a quadriceps injury. Revere was replaced in the lineup by Freddy Galvis, and will attempt to return to the lineup for Philadelphia's series opener at Cleveland Tuesday after Monday's off day.
Ben Revere still riding the pine
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) As expected, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere was held out of the lineup Saturday against the Mets with a sore quadriceps. It's the third-consecutive game Revere has missed, and he's also likely to be out for Sunday's series finale.
Ben Revere may miss weekend series
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Phillies center fielder Ben Revere may be shut down for the entire series against the Mets this weekend, MLB.com reports. He missed a second consecutive game Friday with a sore quad.
"It's been off and on," Revere told MLB.com. "Finally we just needed to rest it so we wouldn't reaggravate it. If you rip it, you'll be out most of the year. They want something like this to be 100 percent and Monday is an off-day in Cleveland. I need to be able to run comfortably. But a miracle could happen. Tomorrow, it could be good to go. I'll see how it feels tomorrow and Sunday."
Revere has hit .207/.242/.230 in 93 plate appearances this season.
Ben Revere stays on the bench
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) As expected, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere remained out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Mets because of a quadriceps injury. Revere was held out Thursday because of a sore quad and is considered day to day with the issue.
John Mayberry moved over from right field to take his spot in center, while Laynce Nix was inserted into the starting lineup in his absence and played right.
Sore quad could keep Ben Revere out
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said outfielder Ben Revere has been dealing with a sore quadriceps that could keep him sidelined for the second-straight game Friday against the Mets, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Revere was not in the starting lineup Thursday for the first time this season because of the issue, which worsened after Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
"Just give it time to rest fully and do all this treatment," said Revere, who is hitting .207 with a .242 on-base percentage, prompting a recent demotion in the batting order. "Getting on pain medication could really help."
Ben Revere out of Phillies' lineup Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere is not in the lineup Thursday.
Revere has been hitting better lately but will get a day of rest Thursday. He should return to the lineup for the next game. Ezequiel Carrera will play center and bat seventh in Revere's place.
Ben Revere responding to lineup shift
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere was dropped from the leadoff spot Thursday, and the move seems to have put some life into his bat.
Revere went 2 for 3 Friday against the Cardinals, giving him three hits in six at-bats since the move. He scored twice and drove in a run, on an RBI triple in the first inning. He's hitting .221 with four walks and 11 strikeouts. He also has five stolen bases.
Ben Revere dropped from leadoff spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, who is off to a disappointing start offensively, was dropped from the leadoff spot in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals. Manager Charlie Manuel moved Jimmy Rollins into the leadoff spot, and Revere will bat seventh.
Revere, who is hitting .194 through 15 games, has hit seventh just eight times in his career. He's batting .219 (7 for 32) with two RBI and three stolen bases batting seventh.
Ben Revere having a tough time offensively
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere hasn't hit a baseball out of the infield in his last 10 appearances through Wednesday's game against the Reds, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The last time he had a base hit leave the infield was April 12, which was 21 plate appearances ago.
Revere is the only major-league player with at least 55 plate appearances who hasn't had an extra-base hit. Revere is batting .194 (12 for 62) with a .242 on-base percentage through 15 games.
Ben Revere hopes hits are coming
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Phillies center fielder Ben Revere went hitless for the third straight game in Thursday's 11-2 loss to the Reds. The leadoff hitter has dealt with a slow April that has him hitting .194/.242/.194 with 11 strikeouts in 62 at-bats.
Revere has also played center field in every inning of the team's first 15 games (over 17 days) and could benefit from some rest.
Ben Revere up to four stolen bases
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere reached base once in Monday's series opener against the Mets and stole his fourth base of the season. He walked in his first at-bat and swiped second.
The 24-year-old finished 0 for 3 in the 7-2 loss.
Revere is batting .233 (7 for 30) through seven games with two RBI and four runs scored.
Ben Revere riding atop Phillies' lineup
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) After playing coy in the spring about his lineup construction, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made a surprise switch for the team's season opener Monday at Atlanta. Philadelphia's longtime leadoff hitter, Jimmy Rollins, slotted in the two-hole in the batting order for the first time since May 29, 2004, while newcomer Ben Revere took over the top spot.
Revere, who features more speed than the 34-year-old Rollins at this point in his career, swiped 14 of his 40 stolen bases from the leadoff spot with the Twins last year. He also tallied 10 stolen bases in 13 chances during spring training.
Ben Revere nabs 10th spring steal
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Phillies center fielder Ben Revere stole his 10th base of the season as part of a 2-for-3 day in Thursday's Grapefruit League finale against Toronto.
Revere finishes the spring with a .325/.372/.388 batting line with no home runs but five doubles to go with the steals. Although it would be optimistic to expect him to reach a .325 batting average in the regular season, his spring numbers are a good representation of the kind of player he is -- lots of contact, lots of speed and little power.
Revere hit leadoff Thursday with Jimmy Rollins behind him. Although nothing's official, seeing that arrangement in the spring finale suggests Revere could hit leadoff come opening day.
Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins battling for leadoff spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013)Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins are battling it out for the Phillies’ leadoff role.
Manager Charlie Manuel has rotated both players at the top of the lineup this spring, but hasn’t made a decision on who will lead off once the regular season begins. Rollins is the club's incumbent at the leadoff spot, while Revere came over in a trade with the Twins during the offseason.
It doesn’t really matter who ends up with the role. Manuel has been using both players at the top of the lineup. Whoever isn't hitting leadoff has been hitting second during the spring.
Phillies hope Revere rides high
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) When the Phillies acquired speedy outfielder Ben Revere from the Twins during the offseason, they envisioned him serving as the reliable contact hitter he has grown to be in his first two full MLB seasons. That suits Revere just fine as he enters the 2013 campaign embracing the responsibility of getting on base in front of Philadelphia's heavy hitters, including a healthy Ryan Howard. "My game's just to get on base," Revere told reporters Monday after reaching base three times during the Phillies' Grapefruit League win over the Pirates. "The big guys are going to hit me in. It's pretty simple."
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/19/2013)The Philadelphia Inquirer reports new Phillies center fielder Ben Revere heads into 2013 having made contact at the plate 92.2 percent of the time during his last three seasons, which is only exceeded by three players. "I guarantee you the fans will like him if he gets on base," manager Charlie Manuel said, which is a goal Revere has set for himself. Revere said he wants to walk more and also steal more bases. Just three players with at least 500 plate appearances in 2012 had fewer walks than Revere, who had just 29. "I think to get on base he'll have to improve his stroke some," Manuel said of Revere. "But I think he can do it because he's a strong little guy. And just playing the game more might help him, because his speed definitely shows up. I don't know exactly where he'll hit because I haven't seen him enough."