Temperatures will be in the low 90s when Jamie Moyer and the Phils try to fry Rick VandenHurk and the Fish tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
Preview: It’s too hot for baseball. It’s oppressive. It’s nasty. It's torture. It’s not the kind of weather for wearing polyester baseball pants. It’s nights like these when I’m glad my calling was Beerleaguer and not baseball. Blogging requires much less dexterity. Nobody ever became chafed from blogging, and if they did, they're doing it wrong. How does 44-year-old Jamie Moyer (9-8, 4.84 ERA) find the willpower? He was drafted in 1984, the year Donald Arthur Mattingly was the hottest baseball rookie card on the planet. Moyer has been good against the Marlins, a team comprised of a number of players who’re probably too young to remember Donnie Baseball. One of them is 22-year-old Dutchman Rick VandenHurk (3-2, 6.75 ERA), tonight's opposing pitcher.
This is a very winnable game for the Phils, even though Moyer will be kept at a minimum pitch count. Some would even call it a must win. Inferior pitcher, inferior team, and not many games left on the calendar. That's why I was shocked to hear Pat Gillick, speaking at a function last night, said if the Phillies finish the six-game home stand 3-3, it would be “acceptable.” Let's hope the players turn a deaf ear to this gentleman and set the bar just a little higher.
Injury updates: The Daily News provided a full list of injury updates today, including the progress of Chase Utley's broken hand, and some surprising news about Freddy Garcia. [Link]
Former Phillie arrested: Former Major League pitcher Jay Baller, 46, was arrested near Reading Friday after city police found cocaine, a loaded handgun and $15,000 in cash in his vehicle. Baller played with the Phillies, Cubs and Royals between 1982 and 1990 and is a member of the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame. He ended his major league career with the Phils in 1992. Investigators say they got a report from a woman who saw Baller and two other men snorting cocaine and playing with a handgun in a sport utility vehicle. Read the complete story here.