Philadelphia Phillies (39-33) at Toronto Blue Jays (40-35)
Jamie Moyer, LHP (8-6, 4.43 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil, LHP (7-4, 4.07 ERA)
Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 90
The story of the day is likely to be the home run. Not only do the Blue Jays, who hit three of them in yesterday’s 5-1 win, lead the major leagues in that category, the next one that goes over the wall off today’s starter, Jamie Moyer, will be one for the record books. Moyer is currently sitting on 505 career homers allowed, tied with Robin Roberts for the highest total of all time. So if you’re in the outfield seats today, don’t toss that one back. It’s special. Also, this isn’t Wrigley Field.
It’s worth noting the startling turnaround of the past couple weeks in some of the Phillies’ offensive numbers. Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard are close to sniffing .300, Shane Victorino’s no longer leading the team in RBI, and Chase Utley’s average is up 20 points from where it was two weeks ago. Good deal.
Schneider and Polanco get the day off, with Valdez manning third and Sardinha catching.
LINEUP: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Werth RF, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Francisco LF, Ibanez DH, Valdez 3B, Sardinha C. Moyer P.
Your gameday beer: Go for the King of Beers today. Budweiser gets it done daily, even though it’s not a favorite of mine. Millions around the country drink it, so have at the red 30-pack today.– By Michael