29-year-old left-hander Les Walrond, making only his second Major League start, will get the ball for the last-place Cubs tonight. With Brett Myers going for the Phils, it should mean only one thing.
But will it? It never seems to. If the Phillies fancy themselves a serious playoff contender, tonight would be an excellent time to show it. The Cubs (62-90) send 29-year-old Les Walrond (0-0, 7.59) to the hill to make only his second career start. Walrond is a castoff of the Kansas City Royals, and has a name that's more pharmacist than starting pitcher. Wallgreens was punched up for six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings during a 10-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals back on Aug. 27.
Some would call Brett Myers an ace. I wouldn’t, but some would. Myers (11-6, 4.04 ERA) is having a good month after an up-and-down August, posting a 6.62 ERA. He has bounced back with a 2.57 September ERA.
Pat Burrell will try to put the ball in play tonight, as will Jeff Conine and Mike Lieberthal, in Charlie Manuel's righty-stacked lineup.