The Phillies are looking to put last night's debacle behind them and even their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday behind the right arm of Tyler Cloyd.
Cloyd makes his season debut after going 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts at Triple-A. He had 10 strikeouts and no walks in his start last Friday for Lehigh Valley. He credited the boost to the reemergence of his cutter.
Cloyd struggled to keep the ball in the park last September with the Phils, allowing eight homers in 33 innings. He'll have his work cut out for him tonight in a hitter's park against a team that has won seven straight.
Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19) starts for the Diamondbacks. Kennedy's problems this season have been caused almost entirely by walks. A righty with usually solid command, he's walked three or more batters in four of his last five starts and the D-backs lost each time.
Kennedy has shut the Phils down three of the four times he's faced them. Two Aprils ago he pitched a three-hit shutout with 10 Ks. Overall, he's 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA against the Phillies. Ryan Howard is 0-for-9 against him with three strikeouts.
Hopefully Jimmy Rollins breaks out of this extended funk soon. He's giving the Phils very little out of the leadoff spot, going 5-for-35 since April 30 with three runs scored in 10 games. His OBP is down to .286. The Phillies have the third-worst on-base percentage out of the leadoff spot this season, at .268.
The D-backs are going with a different looking lineup tonight. Catcher Miguel Montero, hitting .198 on the season, bats eighth. Eric Chavez is in the cleanup spot and Jason Kubel gets the start in left field.