The Phillies send Ryan Madson and Jon Lieber to the mound in today’s double dip in hopes of collecting their first win of 2006.
The Phillies fell 5-3 in Friday’s series opener to go 0-4 on the young season. Yesterday’s game was postponed due to rain.
They hope to bounce back fresh this afternoon as Ryan Madson makes only the second start of his career. Madson is coming off an impressive spring.
He’ll face Derek Lowe (0-1, 12.60 ERA), who was among a handful of quality starters who got bombed opening week.
Another pitcher who struggled mightily last week was Jon Lieber (0-1, 21.60 ERA). Lieber takes to the hill in Game 2 against Brad Penny.
Look for Sal Fasano to catch Lieber’s game. Fasano was one of the only bright spots Friday night, launching a home run into the upper deck. Jimmy Rollins will look to extend his hitting streak to two games.
While starting pitching has been the big issue, middle relief has answered the call. The worst five ERAs on the team belong to four starters and closer Tom Gordon.
Ryan Franklin, Geoff Geary, Rheal Cormier and Arthur Rhodes have combined for 10 shutout innings. After getting bombed in the first game, Aaron Fultz and Julio Santana bounced back to lower their ERAs to 1.80 and 4.50 respectively.
David Bell started his third-straight game on Friday. He went 0-3 and is now 1-10 on the season. His backup, Abraham Nunez, hasn't been much better, just 1-8 so far. Aaron Rowan has also struggled, going 2-14 to start the season.