Phillies/Marlins isn’t the only marquee matchup today, but it’s dearest to our hearts. Brett Myers and the Phils try to hold off the Marlins once again, as Ryan Howard’s quest for National League MVP rolls on.
Just a couple of choices on the television dial today. A full docket of college football, including the revival of old foes Penn State and Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. Later on at 8 p.m., Ohio State and Texas engage in a battle of No. 1 and 2 in the country. In addition, the U.S. Open continues in N.Y. Eagles kickoff tomorrow. The Battle of Brothers Manning commences in prime time.
In baseball, eyes are on San Diego and San Francisco. Beerleaguer reader, Greg, reminds us that Jason Schmidt goes for the Giants. In the American League, Detroit is in Minnesota to continue that important series.
Then there is the little matter of Ryan Howard’s charge at Roger Maris and the Phillies continued pursuit of the NL Wild Card today at 6 p.m.
Brett Myers (10-6, 4.06 ERA) was outstanding in his last start, holding the Braves to just one run on three hits while striking out 10 in eight innings. Myers has had pinpoint command lately, walking just four batters in his previous three starts. Myers will have a good opportunity to earn a team-leading 11th win again Brian Moehler (7-8, 6.18 ERA), the weak link of Florida’s rotation.
The Inquirer reported that left-hander Aaron Fultz is now available if needed. Aaron Rowand had his hard cast removed.