Expectations are very low that tonight’s starter, J.D. 'Real Deal' Durbin, can deliver. If the Phils are to stay in the hunt, they'll need some surprises. Tonight counts as one opportunity. Game time is 10:10 p.m. ET.
Preview: Manager Charlie Manuel seemed a little surprised that Durbin (0-2, 13.50 ERA) had been penciled in for tonight’s game less than 24 hours after the right-hander managed to make a 13-2 blowout somewhat interesting. This will be his second start for the depleted Phils, who are still searching for a fifth starter. The Real Deal lasted 4 2/3 innings and surrendered six runs in his debut against the Mets. He’s been used in “miscellaneous relief” since then.
For the Dodgers, it’s left-hander Mark Hendrickson (3-4, 4.02 ERA), making his 11th start of the season. Hendrickson has bounced in and out of the rotation. He isn’t a good starter, so this game can be had, all things considered.