Hamels (9-4, 2.49) has good career numbers against Boston. He's won all three of his starts vs. the Red Sox, allowing a total of four runs in 21 innings. However, the Phillies haven't been scoring many runs for him of late, with two runs or fewer in four of Hamels' last five outings. Hamels has dropped his last two starts despite pitching well in both outings. Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66) takes the mound for Boston. He's given up one run in 14 lifetime innings against the Phillies. He also has dropped two consecutive starts overall.
Lineups: The Phillies are going with Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Francisco, Ibanez, Ruiz, Hamels. Of note for the Red Sox is Dustin Pedroia hitting fourth. Adrian Gonzalez is back at first base, batting third, while David Ortiz is sitting against the lefty.
Last sweep?: The last time the Phillies swept the Red Sox was in June 2000, when the Phils took three games from Boston at the Vet. The average attendance in that series? 27,902. How things have changed.
- Written for Beerleaguer by D. Silverman