The Phillies hope to avoid an 0-3 start this afternoon at Citizen's Bank Park. Game time is 3:05 EST.
The Phillies will send Cory Lidle (13-11, 4.53 ERA in 2005) to the mound, a pitcher that hasn’t had much success man-for-man against the Cardinals lineup. Other factors could weigh in. He was a much better pitcher last year in day games (3.35 day ERA vs. 5.56 night), but his home/away splits were just as lopsided (5.79 home vs. 3.62 away). In his two outings against the Cards last season, he pitched well, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA.
He’ll be opposed by right-hander Jason Marquis (13-14, 4.13 ERA in 2005), who’s been tough lifetime against several Phillies, including Jimmy Rollins (3-22). Rollins will look to extend his hitting streak to 39 games, which would tie Paul Molitor’s record set in 1987.
The Phillies are one of four teams without a win in the early-going, a dreaded list that includes Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Tampa Bay.
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