Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) makes his first start since Apr. 26 when the Phillies conclude their short set with St. Louis tonight at 8:10 p.m. Unbeaten left-hander Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.89) goes for the Cards.
Preview: So here's tonight's lineup; St. Louis trembles: Rollins SS. Martinez CF. Polanco 3B. Howard 1B, Mayberry LF, Francisco RF, Valdez 2B, Sardinha C. It’s actually a considerably worse lineup than last night’s horror show. As you can see, the Phils are still badly understaffed, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz still on the mend. Meanwhile, whether Oswalt is up for this remains to be seen. His fastball was routinely hitting 89 on the gun in Clearwater last Thursday. … Garcia presents a challenge, but the Phils have performed surprisingly well against southpaw starters this season, running up a 9-1 record against them. … The Phils are also looking to break out of their funk with runners in scoring position. They have just seven hits in their last 37 at bats.
Word of advice: Do something else tonight.