Finally, the battle for first place in the NL East can be played. The Phillies dance with the Marlins tonight, and first place is on the line this weekend.
The Phils are coming off their fourth straight win and a series (and season) sweep of the Colorado Rockies. After a day off and some partying for animal welfare, the Phils will face Mark Hendrickson. Sound familiar? He was a second-round draft pick for the 76ers.
Obviously, like many past Sixers draft picks, he didn’t really pan out for them.
Hendrickson is 7-2, which I never thought I’d write this season. Meanwhile, Phillies starter Brett Myers is 1-6. Again, never thought I’d write it. He’s been at least credible as of late, but he’s had trouble locating his fastball.
Of course, the Phils have hit Mark Hendrickson to the tune of a 12.60 ERA. Shane Victorino is 3-for-3 with 2 RBI against him. Chase Utley is 2-for-3.
Phillies: Brett Myers (1-6) 5.79 ERA
Marlins: Mark Hendrickson (7-2) 4.14 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 77 degrees, mostly cloudy
Lineup: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Burrell, Feliz, Coste, Taguchi, Myers
MLB Gameday Audio
Your gamenight beer: Recently I bought Long Trail’s Belgian White Ale. It’s new from the Vermont brewery, and they make pretty good beer for the most part. This is no different, a very nice offering that has a hint of lemon and goes down pretty smooth. Tonight, eat a chicken Caesar salad with it.