A.J. Burnett takes the bump at Wrigley Field, looking to build off his impressive debut and supply the Phils that sweep and momentum heading into the team’s home opener on Tuesday.
Burnett went six innings and allowed just one run against the Rangers in his first regular-season start earlier this week.
On Sunday, he’ll be in the right ballpark and playing the right team.
Since 2011, Burnett is 3-0 over four starts at Wrigley Field with a 1.63 ERA and .129 opponents batting average. In seven starts over the past three seasons versus Chicago, the righty is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA and .195 opponents batting average.
Burnett will oppose Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva.
Watch for …
• A blistering Chase Utley, who’s off to a 10-for-21 (.476) start to 2014 and has five hits, four RBIs, three runs scored and two homers in the last two games — both Phillies wins.
• Jimmy Rollins against Villanueva. The shortstop is 2 for 14 (.143) to begin the season, but in his career against the Chicago starter, he’s 3 for 10 (.300) with a pair of doubles, a homer, two walks and no strikeouts.
• Brad Lincoln … seriously, where has he been? The reliever is the only player on the 25-man roster who has not appeared in a game this season. Meanwhile, Jake Diekman has thrown in four contests and Mario Hollands, Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon have all appeared in three.
Here are today’s lineups
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Cody Asche, 3B
9. A.J. Burnett, P
1. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B (13 for 24, .542 this season)
2. Ryan Kalish, LF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (3 for 15, .200 vs. Burnett)
4. Nate Schierholtz, RF
5. Luis Valbuena, 3B
6. Starlin Castro, SS (9 for 22, .409 vs. Burnett)
7. Ryan Sweeney, CF
8. John Baker, C
9. Carlos Villanueva, P