Cliff Lee (3-0, 1.13) tries to stay perfect as a Phillie against tough right-hander Dan Haren (12-7, 2.50) and the Diamondbacks. First pitch is 7:05.
Preview: An excellent pitching match-up on paper, I have a strange hunch it won't be. Just one of those gut instincts. First, the Phillies beat on Haren handily July 28 and the Phils seemed to be on a pretty good roll against righties. Second, the laws of baseball say Lee is due for a clunker, and I think tonight could be the night, even against the putrid D-backs offense. ... Lineups are posted: Paul Bako is the only difference from last night. Bako has caught all of Lee's starts, so rather than reward Chooch for his big night, Charlie Manuel decides to stick with a good thing. Bako's hitting .175. ... Wanted to give special props to Jayson Werth today, but ran out of time. Last night, Werth set his career high in homers with his 25th of the season. The 30-year-old slugger remains one of the more underrated players in baseball and the gist of the post would have been how Werth signifies all that went right for the Phils over the last few years. Signed after a Los Angeles Dodgers non-tender, Manuel believes the best is yet to come from his late-blooming right-fielder, according to last night's broadcast.