The Phillies couldn’t sweep the Nationals, but no worries, they’ll have a chance to get revenge from the four-game sweep they were handed by the Dodgers. The Blue is in for a four at Citizens Bank Park, which means a whole lot of Manny. Greg Maddux and Kyle Kendrick are the starters.
Greg? From San Diego?: Greg Maddux’s last start was against the Phillies, but as a member of the San Diego Padres. In that start he went seven innings and gave up just one run, but lost.
Ken-Not-Do: Kyle Kendrick has given up 13 runs in his last 7 innings (with one of those against the Dodgers). He’s been told to attack the plate more. Hope that works.
Not Great …: The Dodgers are 7-9 since acquiring Manny Ramirez … against everyone who is not the Phillies.
A Little Different: Finally Charlie Manuel breaks up Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Pat Burrell is hitting third tonight.
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (10-7) 5.01 ERA
Dodgers: Greg Maddux (6-9) 3.99 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 80, partly sunny
Your gamenight beer: It’s Friday night. This offense has been bad. Time to just break it open and forget everythingelese. Tonight, go with Olde English 800. Just do it. Pour it wide and take it in. Eat … whatever, French fries, potato skins, garbage plates. Who cares.