Left-handers Cole Hamels (4-3, 4.24) and Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59) toe the slab when the Phillies and Jays open a three-game set in Toronto, Onterio, Canada. First pitch is 7:05.
Preview: With the life drained from nearly the entire team these days, the Phils face an opponent that contributed heavily to the sad state of things just a few days ago. Romero matched up with Hamels in Tuesday’s 10-inning loss and pitched well, giving up three runs in seven innings while striking out nine. Toronto (40-34) came ready to play, and the Phils will struggle again this weekend if they continue to play like they have these last two weeks. Once again, the Phils will not have Jimmy Rollins in the lineup, verified by Scott Lauber. For an inside look at Rollins’ slump, be sure to read the latest from Fangraphs.com. [Link]
Drabek: As the Phillies continue to eye alternates for their starting rotation, coaches gushed over Kyle Drabek’s performance last night in Reading. From Mike Drago’s report in the Reading Eagle: "I think he could've pitched in the big leagues tonight with what he had," said R-Phils pitching coach Steve Schrenk. "His stuff was good. His fastball was explosive. He was pitching inside, throwing his breaking ball for strikes, and he used his changeup later in the game. His fastball and his curveball early were big league pitches." In five starts, the 21-year-old right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.43 ERA. [Link]