Florida Marlins (70-67) at Philadelphia Phillies (79-60)
Chris Volstad (9-9, 4.82 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.52 ERA)
Time: 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Sunny, 83
Lineup update: Dom Brown was in the original lineup posted around 3:30 today, but was replaced around 5 p.m. for Jayson Werth who jumps in to bat 7th. No word yet on why the move was made.
5:15 p.m.: Brown was scratched with a sore right quad, he will be re-evaluated after the game. Doesn’t seem like a serious injury.
Get this: the Phillies have won 31 of their last 45 games and now sit 0.5 behind the Braves. With a Braves loss and Phillies win, they will grab the top spot in the division for the first time since May 30. It’s been a long, crazy summer, but somehow, someway, they can grab first place tonight with some help. Amazing.
It all starts with Joe Blanton, who was crushed in Colorado his last time out. He has to put together a strong performance, and if he does, again…first place could be had!
LINEUP: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Rollins SS, Ibanez LF, Werth RF, Ruiz C, Blanton P
Your Gameday Beer – Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
I haven’t given up on summer just yet. Everyone is out there drinking their pumpkin beers and enjoying their octoberfest brews, but I’m not ready. I’m sticking with a summery beer, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. With the temps still close to 90, it’s important to enjoy a warm-weathered beer. Go with this.