Just keep Ryan Braun in the yard.
If the Phillies do that, they’ll obviously have a much better chance at beating the Brewers on Wednesday than they did in Tuesday’s home opener.
Roberto Hernandez will get the first crack at trying to cool off Braun after Milwaukee's slugger went deep three times in the Brewers' 10-4 win over the Phils on Tuesday.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to continually bust Braun inside. The 30-year-old is playing through a serious thumb injury.
Here’s how serious:
"The analogy is if you touch a hot stove, no matter how badly you want to keep your hand there, the natural reaction will be to take your hand off it," Braun said, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, about the feeling he has while gripping the bat. "That's kind of what happens every time I make contact, when it gets bad. No matter what I want to do or try to do, I can't keep two hands on the bat.
"I've tried lots of different things, different padding. Hopefully, we'll figure something out, some type of treatment, something that eventually helps.
"One [surgery] is I would never feel anything in my thumb again, which didn't make sense. The other is they would completely remove the nerve. That doesn't make sense, just long-term, living life.
"In the other one, there would still be nerve endings because they would remove the nerve but the nerve endings would still be there, which could be really painful. [Hand specialist Don Sheridan] said he didn't think that would be a great option either."
Braun’s thumb looked just fine Tuesday.
Now a three-homer day would maybe suggest not pitching to Braun tonight or Thursday, but Milwaukee has weapons up and down the lineup, so if he doesn’t beat you, someone else can.
As far as the Phillies’ bats, Chase Utley is out of the lineup for the second straight game with the flu, but he will be available to pinch-hit (see story). The Phils face right-hander Matt Garza.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Carlos Ruiz, C
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
8. Jayson Nix, 3B
9. Roberto Hernandez, P
1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Jean Segura, SS
3. Ryan Braun, RF
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Jonathan Lucroy, C
6. Khris Davis, LF
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B
8. Scooter Gennett, 2B
9. Matt Garza, P