Brett Myers (4-2, 4.34) takes to the hill as the Phillies search for their second home series win tonight at 7:05. Righty Burke Badenhop (2-2, 5.75) moves from the bullpen to make his first start for Florida.
Myers has anchored a resurgent starting rotation that's been, at worst, serviceable, at best, outstanding, ever since Chan Ho Park's embarrassing afternoon Sunday, May 17. Myers, who's posted a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts, including an eight-inning win Friday night in New York that helped set the tone for a series win, has avoided big innings, but has been torched by the long-ball, allowing a league-leading 15. Fortunately, many of them have been solo shots. Besides that, few complaints about the 28-year-old future free agent, who will be asked to shore up a series win tonight against the struggling Marlins. Myers hasn't had much success against the Fish; he's a lifetime 6-10 with a 5.53 ERA in 23 starts and six relief appearances against them.
Lineups are posted: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Ibanez, Werth, Feliz, and Ruiz against the right-hander Badenhop, who makes the transition from long relief following a recent call-up from Triple-A. The Phils have the clear edge tonight and need to put it in the books.