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Gamenight: Cardinals (50-40) At Phillies (48-42)

After a damning series loss to the Mets, the Phillies begin a three-game series with the Cardinals at the Vault. Last time the Phils played Saint Louis they lost two of three. We only pray that’s not the case this time. The Phils have six games to go before the All-Star break, and they’re falling on their knees getting there.

JC Romero has a nagging injury; Rudy Seanez is having shoulder trouble. These aren’t good things. The Phils can use a break — moreover, tonight the Phils can use a sterling performance from their starter, Cole Hamels. Chances are he will deliver such a thing.

The Phils’ righties are hitting just .239 against right-handed pitchers. So tonight, of course, Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz make up the back of the order.

To put it out there, Brett Myers will start Saturday for AA Reading (not making a road trip to Pawtucket), while Pat Burrell is still trailing Corey Hart and David Wright in Final Vote balloting. Come on people, VOTE BURRELL.

Phillies: Cole Hamels (9-5) 3.22 ERA
Cardinals: Joel Piniero (2-4) 4.52 ERA

Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 86, partly cloudy
Lineup: Rollins/Victorino/Utley/Howard/Burrell/Werth/Feliz/Ruiz/Hamels

MLB Gameday

Your gamenight beer: Once I recommended Arrogant Bastard Ale. Tonight it’s Double Bastard, because this team needs a kick in the pants. They need a big series win against a good NL team. And they need it bad. Eat … something with this. I don’t know. Make something up.

Go Phillies!

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