... and according to the Phillies, the show will go on for Brett Myers tomorrow.
In the wake of today’s assault charge, the Phillies have released a statement saying Myers will pitch as scheduled tomorrow against the Red Sox. Myers was arrested late Thursday night for assaulting his wife on a Boston street.
Meanwhile, his teammates will turn their attention toward the diamond, were nothing went right during a deflating 2-7 home stand.
Tonight, Ryan Madson (7-4, 5.79) gets the ball to begin a series in which they are heavy underdogs. The Phils are 9-2 this season when Madson starts, but the 42-28 Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball having won six straight. They lead the Yankees by 2 games in the AL East and send Josh Beckett (8-3, 5.09 ERA) to the mound. Beckett has a history with Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. The two got into an altercation during spring training.
The Phillies are unlikely to win this series, but Phans who’ve suffered through an abysmal two weeks deserve some urgency from their fading team. Today’s incident involving Myers should not impact play. If anything, the right leadership can turn it into sobering mechanism to inject even more focus into their game. The Phillies never needed a road game more than they do tonight.