Preview: Placido Polanco was activated today, but Raul Ibanez was scratched from tonight's lineup with a groin strain. "A groin strain?" You might ask. "Isn't that the same ailment that recently sent Jimmy Rollins to the DL?" Why, yes it is. Moral of the story: Old guys strain their groins in late August. It's the way of the baseball world. That said, the Phils will replace Ibanez with a relatively young guy in tonight's batting order, which looks like this: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Mayberry LF, Chooch C, Valdez SS, Lee P.
Lee is 1-0 lifetime against the Mets with a 0.68 ERA. In two starts against New York, he has allowed just one earned run and 14 hits over 14 innings. Lee has won each of his last four decisions.