It's not time for Charlie Manuel to throw a hissy fit, no matter how many fans are dying for the manager to throw furniture around in the clubhouse.

It is time for Charlie to shake up the lineup for a Phillies team that is dying at the plate, on the bases and on the scoreboard.

Players usually describe a show of managerial temper as "weak," and laugh it off. They then go back to striking out, leaving runners on base, and losing 2-1 games in which the ace of the staff strikes out 10 and doesn't walk a batter.

They can't laugh off a new lineup, one that reflects the realities of a team that got swept at home by last-place Baltimore. That team had no Raul Ibanez, one glorious at-bat by Ryan Howard and virtually nothing from either Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins.

Only a solo home run by backup Greg Dobbs let the Phillies avoid being shut out on Sunday when Cole Hamels gave them their best shot at a second win on the 1-8 homestand.

So here's what Charlie should do tonight when the team enters Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field for what undoubtedly will be a bitterly contested "revenge" series for the Rays:

1. Face the fact that Rollins is not in a slump - the 2007 MVP is having a bad season.

2. Use the only consistent hitter in the lineup right now - Pedro Feliz - in an RBI spot.

3. Try this lineup against Rays lefthander Daniel Price:

1. Jayson Werth, RF

2. Shane Victorino, CF

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Pedro Feliz, 3B

6. John Mayberry, LF

7. Carlos Ruiz, C

8. Jimmy Rollins, SS

9. Jamie Moyer, P

When a righthander pitches, put Matt Stairs in right, batting sixth, and move Werth to left.

Right now, the Phillies are about where they were from 2001 through 2007 - a pretty good team with no closer and a tendency to leave too many runners on base.

The closer part will be solved when (if?) Brad Lidge's knee comes around.

The LOB part needs to be solved right now.

Contact staff writer Don McKee at 215-854-4611 or