Will it be the one who nearly tossed a complete-game shutout a week ago in Baltimore, or the one who couldn't make it past the second inning in his previous start?
Madson (8-5, 5.71 ERA) has struggled to find consistency as a starter, but still leads the team in wins. Against Baltimore, he used a devistating curve and pinpoint command to record a career-high seven strikeouts. It was also the longest outing of his career, walking only one batter through 8 2-3 innings. He faces Chan Ho Park (5-4, 4.32 ERA) in the rubber match of this series. The Padres snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Phils yesterday, dating back to 2004.
A loser's lineup
The Phillies will again stack all the left-handed hitters together at the top of the order (Rollins, Utley, Abreu, Howard), and leave the worst hitters, all right-handers, stacked at the bottom (Burrell, Rowand, Bell, Ruiz, pitcher). Bell is a .200 hitter against Park (0-5). He will start over Nunez, who is hitting .250, including a double and triple off the Korean right-hander. David Dellucci is the only Phillie with Park in his book. He's hitting .297 against him and has seen Park, an ex-teammate, more than any player on the team. He sits. Pat Burrell is 2-10 against Park with 6 strikeouts. He starts.
Lieber activated, Mathieson optioned to Double-A
Jon Lieber has been activated from the DL and will start tomorrow's game against the Pirates. To make room, Scott Mathieson was sent down. Mathieson had a nice, positive start yesterday against the Pads. In a season filled with negatives, getting young pitchers experience like that is one of few positives this season.
Mathieson went 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four games with Philadelphia, including three starts.