Going for the Sweep
All of a sudden the three-hour time change has decided to crush me, so I’m going to throw out a few random thoughts/stats from last night’s 4-2 victory over the Padres in 11 innings and get to bed:
- The Padres have one of the worst lineups — maybe the worst — I can recall. And they have to face Roy Halladay, who is coming off a poor start, in the series finale tomorrow. Poor lineup. Motivated Halladay. Could be a quick one.
- Phillies pitchers are 7-3 with a 2.37 ERA in the last 10 games. Opponents have hit just .219 against them. They are 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA and a .197 opponents average in the last four games.
- Expect Raul Ibanez to get a rest today. He is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. Not sure why John Mayberry Jr. doesn’t get a few more chances to play — this would be his third start this season — but I’m not the manager.
- Jose Contreras hasn’t pitched the last two nights, but Charlie Manuel said he’s fine and is expected to be available today.