The Phillies, losers of five in a row, are desperate to stop a tailspin tonight as they open a three-game series with Baltimore.
Before hearing word that teammate Brett Myers will be granted a leave of absence for the next 2 1/2 weeks, the Phillies learned they will be without skipper Charlie Manuel tonight. Manuel was suspended for one game and fined for arguing with an umpire last week.
Before the suspension, Manuel indicated Pat Burrell would be out of tonight’s lineup following his own battles at the plate. Instead, the Phillies will trot out the same lineup of flunkies that has not won them a game in over two weeks. Let's keep this organization-wide ball of vomit rolling, shall we?
Any-whoo, what better pitcher to represent new beginnings than Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.41), who’s coming off a career-high seven innings in a 5-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. He’ll face left-hander Erik Bedard (7-6, 5.09 ERA), who enters tonight a winner of three straight decisions.
Update: Game postponed due to gigantic, immobile Atlantic Coast weather system.