Last time the Phillies faced Livan Hernandez, it took eight innings before the Phils finally scorched his low-80s fastball.
Last night, Brett Myers and the Phillies had the advantage over a weaker Nationals lineup. Today, the tide is about even.
Hernandez (3-5, 5.35 ERA) has slowed considerably since last season, but always pitches the Phillies tough. His longest outing this season was 7 1-3 innings against the Phils on April 19. Lifetime, he’s 9-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 22 starts against them.
Cory Lidle (4-4, 4.92 ERA) will likely spot the Nats three runs in six innings, about his average this season. For those watching at home, Lidle's top half will make for a good time to throw some jalapeno poppers in the oven, do some light gardening, or catch up on correspondence. Come back around the seventh inning, sit down with your nice plate of poppers, and the Nationals' score should be holding around 3 or 4.
Pat Burrell, David Bell and Mike Lieberthal will sit out this game. David Dellucci, Abraham Nunez and Sal Fasano will hit 6-7-8. For both Dellucci and Nunez, this is their first start since May 17.
This will be Fasano’s 22nd start in 51 games, catching Lidle for (I think) only the second time. Fasano went 2-for-4 with an RBI double on Monday.