Jimmy Rollins checks in, but Carlos Ruiz checks out, when Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76) and the Phillies open a three-game series with Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21) and the Indians starting at 7:05 from Citizens Bank Park.
Just as the Braves and Mets have padded the win column against the
dregs of the American League, the Phillies must do the same here
against the 26-42 Indians, who rate in the league's bottom quarter in
runs and ERA. There's no better time to regroup than now, with Rollins back in the fray after a pair of month-long stints on the disabled list. As
you recall, Rollins was off to a great start, posting a .462 on-base
percentage with 10 walks in 12 games. The Phils remain cautious about
his health, however, as evidenced by the presence of both Juan Castro
and Wilson Valdez. Rollins reclaims the leadoff spot tonight, followed by
Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Victorino and Schneider, which
is close to the original blueprint.
Prospect updates: Since the
Tribe is in town, here is your obligatory update on the prospects
traded last summer for Cliff Lee. The only one who’s done anything
noteworthy has been infielder Jason Donald, who made his Major League
debut May 18 and has started in 29 games, all but four at short. Young
flame-thrower Jason Knapp had shoulder surgery and hasn’t pitched.
Isn’t it funny what happens to 18-year-old arms that throw high-90s
heat? Lou Marson was demoted after hitting .191 and will never become
the Indians starting catcher as long as Carlos Santana is around. And
Carlos Carrasco, at this point, is probably a non-prospect. After
getting his feet wet in the Show with five starts late in ’09, the
Venezuelan right-hander is having a middling season for Triple-A
Columbus. He continues to be very inconsistent. So overall, it appears
to be a small price to pay for a 4-0 record in the postseason and a
1.53 ERA. We’ll stop there.
Notes: Outfielder Domonic Brown and right-hander Jarred Cosart, arguably the two best prospects in the Phillies' chain, will represent the Phillies in All-Star Futures Game.