Looking to follow yesterday's tidy win, the Phils try to make it three-straight tonight against Mike Mussina and the Yankees.
Cory Lidle (4-6, 4.86 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies, and as always, it’s a good time to dust off the $700 Nordic-Trac in the basement, the one your wife said you’d "always use."
Lidle has gone exactly 6 innings in six of his last seven starts. The other went 6 1-3 innings. That’s enough time to schedule an hour workout on your unused ... (insert gimmick workout equipment here). Factoring in five minutes for pushups and a half-hour for a shower and protein shake, you'll be back on the couch by the bottom of the 6th. It’s as simple as that ... and your quads will thank you for it!
Mike Mussina (8-3, 3.14 ERA) faces the Phils for the first time in five seasons. The veteran right-hander ranks fourth in the AL in strikeouts with 90.
Ryan Howard and Bobby Abreu figure to return to the Phillies lineup after sitting out yesterday against Randy Johnson. Abreu enters the game boasting a .457 OBP, which leads baseball and is well above his career average. Imagine having a team where the leadoff man gets on base half the time. A team like that could make dreams come true.
The Yankees have had a rough interleague road trip, dropping four of five. They're probably due for a win. Tonight will be tough. Feel the burn!