The recharged offense can complete its first three-game home sweep of the season tonight as the Rockies and Phillies conclude at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is 7:05 with Jeff Francis and Vance Worley slated.
Beerleaguer: When Charlie Manuel says "hitting season," what he really means is "extra-base hitting season." The Phils are beginning to fly up the charts in a number of National League offensive categories, like doubles (4th), home runs (8th), on-base (7th) and total bases (3rd). Jim Thome's interleague tear and Carlos Ruiz's sustained success are two of the main drivers along with several emerging players, like John Mayberry Jr, who is hitting 375/.423/1.000 over his last six games (26 plate appearances). But give credit to Jimmy Rollins, who has been behind much of the Phillies' day-to-day success offensively. Since May 28, he's hitting .337/.372/.584 with three homers, nine doubles and a pair of triples. His numbers are beginning to fall more in line with those on the back of his baseball card. And after taking heat for his defensive blunder in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, it's worth nothing that he's the National League's second-best shortstop in terms of fielding percentage (.981).
Lineup: Rollins, Pierre, Pence, Ruiz, Victorino, Polanco, Mayberry, Martinez, Worley. The Phils are 22-4 against the Rockies in their last 26 meetings dating back to 2008. Vance Worley, who is coming off two-straight "quality starts" is looking for his first win since May 11. Jeff Francis, in his second stint with the Rockies, is 0-1 with a 12.46 in two starts.