There's no time to sulk over missing out on the Rockies sweep as a tough Tampa Bay Ray team visits for the first of three interleague games beginning at 7:05. Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) tries for his elusive first win of the season opposite Big Game James Shields (7-4, 3.72).
Beerleaguer: First, apologies for the light posting this week as work has interfered heavily with the blogging thing, which is more and more the case these days. Last night became the latest in a long line of games where the Phils' offense left no margin for error and the game eventually slipped away. Cliff Lee, who is winless in his first 11 starts, knows it well. According to Elias (via the press notes), his ERA is the lowest for any Phillies' pitcher who was winless through his first 11 starts since the NL began keeping track of ERA in 1912. … Lineups are posted, and to readers' dismay, Michael Martinez, who has two hits in his last 27 at bats, remains in the starting lineup while John Mayberry Jr., perhaps the team's hottest hitter, sits. Ty Wigginton starts at first base. I will say this in Charlie Manuel's defense: just about every time he's chosen offense over defense this season, he's been burned. [Jump to the newest comments]