We’re all waiting for the bats to explode again, for starting pitching to be dominant, for a win, a couple wins, a streak. Of course, when your team is in first place and a bunch of games over .500 you tend to get restless when little hiccups occur. The good thing is it’s June, and there’s plenty, plenty of time for the Phils to take off and separate from the division. I’m confident they will, so does it start tonight?
Let’s put eagerness aside and hope Brett Myers patches together a solid start. Fantasy gurus say he’s a smart second-half play, since he’s throwing good pitches but just getting raked. Jim Salisbury called him out earlier this week, saying he’s the real key to the Phils future success. Everyone has an opinion of the guy, but the problem is â€” nobody knows why he’s been so bad. We just have to sit back and hope it comes together.
Myers will face the Angels’ Joe Saunders. Yes, they don’t let up. The lefty Saunders is 10-3 with a 3.06 ERA; the former Phils draft pick (he elected to go to college and thus became a first-round pick) has been fantastic this season. He has a brutal sinker to go along with his mid-90s fastball.
This could be the night Charlie Manuel finally sits Chase Utley; however, he did hit the ball hard yesterday. I might wait until tomorrow to sit Utley, as it’s a day game, Cole Hamels is on the hill and Utley can hit lefties relatively well.
Phillies: Brett Myers (3-8) 5.58 ERA
Angels: Joe Saunders (10-3) 3.06 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 83, partly cloudy
Lineup: Rollins, Victorino, Burrell, Howard, Werth, Coste, Feliz, Bruntlett, Myers
Your gamenight beer: Moorehouse Brewery is deep in the heart of England, and they make Black Cat, a dark mild ale that is long on taste and soft on alcohol. Black Cat is a rich, very supple-tasting beer. But I’m recommending it tonight because it seems there’s been a black cat lurking around the Phils clubhouse, making the hitters struggle and the pitchers look diseased. We need to get that cat outta’ here and start winning ballgames.