Joe Blanton (7.11) tries to make progress, while the Phillies hope for better results in South Philadelphia, when they host Andrew Miller (4.94) and the Marlins in the second of three.
In my never-ending search for great ledes, I found this daisy, courtesy of the Philadelphia-based SportsNetwork: "Home is where you hang your hat, supposedly. The only
thing hanging right now at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia are
heads and curve balls." That's kinda been the case with Joe Blanton, who goes in search of his first home win. He and pitching coach Rich Dubee reportedly pinpointed a mechanical flaw that could explain some of the good reads hitters seem to be getting. Opponents are hitting .309 off the right-hander, who's currently in command of four very flat pitches. To his credit, he pitched well his last start until one bad pitch to Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips opened up a five-run inning.
For Florida, Miller, 24, is coming off his best start of the season, a seven-inning gem against the Diamondbacks. He has had success against the Phillies, including individual dominance against Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard.
Lineups are posted: Charlie Manuel mixes it up with Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Ibanez, Werth, Feliz and Ruiz.