Lee Pitches Friday
“Beforehand it was going to be a win-win situation for me,” Lee said of the time leading up to the trade. “I was comfortable in Cleveland. I knew I could be successful there. I was really comfortable with the whole staff. But being traded I went from a team that was struggling to a team that’s in first place and has a pretty good squad. Now I’m playing for the defending world champions. With the offense we’ve got, it’s going to be fun to watch these games and be a part of it. I just want to contribute and give this team a chance to win every time I take the mound.”
Lee mentioned the offense. He had the eighth-worst run support of any starter in the American League this season.
The Phillies have the best offense in the National League.
He should find a little more support in Philly.
Shane Victorino said the swelling is down in his bruised left knee, but not enough to allow him to play. Ben Francisco, who joined Lee in the trade, will start in center field. He is hitting sixth.
Victorino said he is day to day.
The Phillies shuffled their rotation for Lee. Here is how it looks:
– Lee on Friday.
– Joe Blanton on Saturday.
– Cole Hamels on Sunday.
– Jamie Moyer on Tuesday.
– J.A. Happ on Wednesday.
No word what happens Thursday. I can’t imagine the Phillies use a six-man rotation, which means tonight could be Lopez’s final start.