Time: 1:05 p.m.
Broadcast: TV Comcast SportsNet; radio 94.1 FM WIP
Weather: 57 degrees, mostly sunny
Lineup: Hernandez 2B/Herrera CF/Franco 3B/Howard 1B/Rupp C/Blanco SS/Bourjos RF/Goeddel LF/Velasquez P
Notes for today:
The Phillies will try to do something they haven’t done since April 12 of last year: be a .500 team. On that day they were 3-3.
Maikel Franco is off to a good start this year but having more trouble against lefties (.222/.300/.667, 1 HR, 1 2B) than against righties in the early going.
Andres Blanco gets his third start of the year, stepping in for a scuffling Freddy Galvis. Over his career he’s had more success against lefties (.288/.334/.420, 11.333 PA per XBH) than righties (.256/.309/.368, 14.297 PA per XBH).
The Phillies now have the third-best pitching rotation in the National League (4-3, 2.50). The rotation’s 59 strikeouts is tops in the league, 11 more than second place San Francisco (same number of games).
By the way, this is the first time this season the Phillies . The last time they wore red? A random day in 1992 in, ironically, San Diego.
Your Gameday Beer: Missed it yesterday, so let’s play two today! The picks come from the Lancaster Brewing Company (Lancaster). Go with its Bitter Harvest E.S.B., just as it says, a bitter beer but very tasty and sessionable, and since it’s a weekday special, its Strawberry Wheat. Also sessionable at under 5% ABV, it pairs well with any sort of light sandwich.