The returns of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard haven’t ignited the Phillies’ offense, which has scored just four runs in their last three games. They’ll try to get it going today against familiar lefty and noted smackass Scott Olsen (3-5, 5.14) today at 1:35 with rain threatening. Chase Utley has been scratched for Wilson Valdez against the left-hander.
Beerleaguer: Roy Oswalt (8-13, 3.36), who has been sharp in two home starts, tries to offset a poor start by Kyle Kendrick in yesterday’s 8-1 loss. Kendrick, who has been brutal in two of his last three outings, allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks in 5 2-3. The good news is that the rotation’s weakest links (Kendrick, Joe Blanton) are sandwiched in between Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt. Plus, if you compare them with other bottom-of-the-rotation starters around the league, they aren’t half bad; Blanton is right around a 4 ERA in his last five starts. The bad news is that Kendrick looks like he’s beginning to lose confidence the way we’ve seen before. The Phillies really don’t have any other options if he doesn’t pick it up. ... Offensively, the small ball stuff has stalled in recent days. Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez have cooled, and Utley, who gets the day off today, has been nothing great. Personally, I’m jonesing for the Phils to club a team to death using the long ball. Today would be a great day for Howard's welcome back party.
Lineups are posted: Rollins SS, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Victorino CF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B. [Jump to the newest comments]