Pitchers Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.53) and Mike Leake (5-1, 2.92) are scheduled as the barely recognizable Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds continue their set starting at 7:05.
Thirteen Phillies on the current 25-man roster weren't on last year's World Series roster. At least 10 of them would be considered replacement level or below. Readers offer a point-counterpoint hours after the Phillies brought out their dead:
"I agree with the poster who said this might be a blessing in disguise, in that Utley will get the rest he needs in order to be a more effective player down the stretch. Polanco is no spring chicken, either, so maybe the same can be said of him. I believe this team can withstand offensive injuries. We've seen it before that the team actually gels with a little more purpose and intensity when others know they have to pick up some slack. You still have Rollins, Howard, and Werth in the lineup and Ibanez is rather due for a hot stretch. And Dobbs is capable of providing some offense with regular playing time (though I tend to run short of optimism when I consider his glove). It's the pitching staff that's more crucial to keep healthy. So long as there are no problems there, there's no need at all to panic." - RSB
"We're boned." - Bender Rodriguez
Lineups: Victorino CF, Dobbs 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Schneider C, Valdez 2B, Blanton P.