Philadelphia's Adam Eaton and Atlanta's Lance Cormier try to make pitches in the second of three between the Phillies and Braves. The Phils trail the Mets by just three in the NL East. Game time is 7:05 p.m. ET.
Preview: The Phils are fortunate to draw recently recalled right-hander Lance Cormier (15.26 ERA) opposite Adam Eaton (6.09 ERA), the weakest member of the Phillies’ pitching staff. Eaton’s ERA is the worst in the league and third-highest in the Majors. MLB.com reports that 47.7 percent of his runs are coming in the first or second inning of his starts. If you have evening dinner plans, don’t rush home for the first pitch. Enjoy another glass of wine and prepare for crooked numbers once you arrive home. This is Cormier’s first start since his recall. He’s been hanging around Triple-A Richmond trying to fix his mechanics.
As of this writing, no word on Aaron Rowand. Unsubstantiated speculation on the PhilliesPhan message board says the Phillies’ center fielder has been diagnosed with an ocular migraine, which is a short-term ailment. If Rowand can’t go tonight, the Phils may turn to newly acquired outfielder Russell Branyan, who seems like a good bet to start against the right-hander.
Update: Rowand is in the lineup and must be a-okay. Greg Dobbs, Chris Coste and Jayson Werth earn starting nods. [Live Boxscore]