The Phillies hope to put a horrid sweep by the Blue Jays behind them when they open a new series against the 29-37 Orioles. Rich Hill (2-1, 5.81) and Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 5.25) have the ball starting at 7:05.
Best of the press notes: The Phillies have experienced an RISP slip, according to the pre-game notes. Over their last 27 games and after a great start in this category, the Phillies are hitting .190 (47-247) with runners in scoring position. Here’s another interesting figure: The Phillies are 15-8 against left-handed starters, including an 8-4 mark at home, good news as they oppose lefty Rich Hill tonight.
Utley: For whatever reason, I was thinking about Chase Utley today. Beerleaguer’s least discussed player is also the Phils’ best player overall (go figure). The All-Star-bound second basemen is hitting .308/.441/.567 with 15 homers; that .441 OBP is good for third in the league. He’s quietly been on a roll lately, too, hitting .349 (38-109) over his last 28 games.
Ex-Phillies news: Beerleaguer favorite R.J. Swindle has allowed only one earned run in 30 Triple-A games for Nashville, lowering his season ERA to 0.30 and career minor league ERA to 2.16 over 383 2-3 innings. Marlon Anderson is now playing for the Newark Bears. Pete LaForrest is catching for Quebec les Capitales in the Can-Am league, and he recently caught Eric Gagne's first game.
Lineups are posted: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth, Feliz, Mayberry, Ruiz, Bastardo.