After a successful seven weeks in the bullpen, J.A. Happ (2-0, 2.49) makes his 2009 starting debut against Andy Pettitte (4-1, 4.18) and the Yankees. First pitch is 4:10 in a game broadcast nationally on Fox.
This is the kind of game our readers should really enjoy. Alone in front of the East by 1 1-2 games thanks to this 7-1 road trip, to improve to 15-5 away from Citizens Bank Park overall, the Phillies haven't looked this crisp all season. The bats are clicking, while the pitching staff finally appears to be settling in. Add to it the first start for Happ, and the possible Major League debut of John Mayberry Jr., who was summoned from Lehigh Valley last night, Beerleaguers have many reasons to smile this afternoon. Hopefully by seven, they'll still be smiling. No word on whether Mayberry will be in today's lineup. Check Twitter for updates from the Phillies' beat writers before the first pitch.