Coming off a Tuesday night pounding at the hands of the Nationals, the Phillies look to get back on track this afternoon in a matchup against John Lannan, a lefty who probably sees red pinstripes in his sleep.
Against the other 29 teams in baseball, Lannan is 30-33 with a respectable 3.86 ERA. In 13 career starts against the Phillies, however, he is 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA. The Phils have beaten the southpaw twice this season. Meanwhile, Roy Oswalt takes the mound for the Phillies, looking for his first win since coming off the DL. In three starts since returning to the club, he has given up just three earned runs in 18 innings.
Reason for concern?: Whether it's due to age, injury or other reasons, Oswalt's strikeouts are way down this year. He has just eight in his last four starts (totalling 21 innings) and is averaging 5.8 per nine innings on the season. By comparison, last season he was at 8.2 K / 9 IP and his career number is 7.4 per nine.
Milestone pending: With 13 RBIs in his last 13 games, Raul Ibanez is one RBI shy of 1,000 for his career.
Lineup: Placido Polanco, who led off five times for the Phils last season, is back atop the order today. J-Roll has the day off. The lineup looks like this: Polanco 5, Mayberry 8, Utley 4, Howard 3, Francisco 9, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Valdez 6, Oswalt 1. [Jump to the newest comments]