With a win today, the Phillies can finish 10-10 over their stretch of 20 games against teams with winning records. Their series with the Reds concludes starting at 1:05.
Cliff Lee takes the mound for the Phillies, probably since Wilson Valdez wasn't available. Speaking of Valdez, he's the third baseman today. A quick look at some of the Phillies' position rotations over the last three innings (including the soon-to-come first inning today): Pitcher: Danys Baez, Wilson Valdez, Cliff Lee. Second base: Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley. Third base: Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez.
Lineups: Martinez 6, Brown 9, Utley 4, Howard 3, Ibanez 7, Mayberry 8, Valdez 5, Sardinha 2, Lee 1. If you think that's bad, guess who's batting cleanup for the Reds? Yep, that would be noted masher Miguel Cairo. Worst cleanup hitter ever?
Contreras returns: Jose Contreras is back in the fold, and David Herndon is back in the minors. J.C. Romero is lucky to still have a job. And Baez might have saved his career last night. Oh, and Wilson Valdez is tied for the best ERA in MLB history.