The Phillies are, shall we say, struggling right now. The good news is they will begin a four game set with the Padres tonight, who have just three wins in thirteen games.
Vance Worley gets the ball tonight, and his ability to fool batters could come in handy against San Diego’s poor offense. He’ll be new to the Padres’ hitters, and that could either work for or against Worley. It seemed to work well for him last year, so I tend to think it’s a good thing they haven’t faced him yet.
Starting for the Padres will be Joe Wieland, and this is his first year in the bigs (which is probably why I’ve never heard of him). In his first career start, he gave up six runs in five innings, including three home runs. Just like Worley, Wieland’s unfamiliarity with the Phillies hitters could either work for or against him. With the way the Phils offense has been doing lately, it will probably work for him.
Lineup: Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Victorino CF, Mayberry 1B, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B, Worley P
Your gameday beer: Pete’s Brown Ale