Headline: Win necessary to split against Cubs
The Major Players: Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Brett Myers, Kosuke Fukudome
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 2 games behind (Mets)
The Cubs came back yet again against Phillies pitching, winning 3-2 Friday night at Wrigley. Joe Blanton had a lead through five, but he and the Phils bullpen broke down. The Phils are now two games behind the Mets for first place in the National League East. Today it’s up to Brett Myers to stop the three-game losing streak.
Lilly Padded: The Phils slammed Cubs starter Ted Lilly for five runs in 4.1 innings earlier this season. For his career, Lilly has a 5.19 ERA against the Phils.
Could It Be?: Myers has given up just nine runs in his seven starts since returning from the minor leagues. His ERA has dropped from 5.84 to 4.49 in that time. And with a strong outing today, Myers will move his ERA+ over 100, making him, statistically above average.
Not The Light! Again!: The Phillies are 16-22 in daytime.
Phillies: Brett Myers (7-10) 4.49 ERA
Cubs: Ted Lilly (13-7) 4.23 ERA
Gametime: 3:55 p.m. EST
Weather: 84, sunny
Your gameday beer: With a flavor of molasses, caramel and chocolate, Moretti Birra La Rossa is a very good Italian beer, unlike most of what you might know about Italian beers. It would go good with any Italian food. Go with fettucini with vegetables. Maybe some chicken parm.