Last night, Cliff Lee threw the 24th ten-or-more-inning shutout for the Phillies since 1918, and looked nothing short of brilliant in the process, as Paul detailed earlier today. Still, the Phillies were left standing on the field, watching the other team celebrate, because they could not produce a single run in 37 trips to the plate. That sort of heartbreaking outcome has been typical for the Phillies when playing at AT&T, so, while they find themselves in another offense-suppressing venue, it’s a welcome change of scenery.
Tonight, the Padres (3-10) send Joe Wieland to the mound with the staggering task of keeping the Philly bats silent in PETCO park. He is matched up against Vance Worley (3.66 xFIP in 2011), who had some trouble with the long ball in his last start against the Mets, surrendering one a piece to Lucas Duda and David Wright. In his 3rd start, Worley will look to resume his modus operandi: called third strikes and limiting the long flies. He’ll have the benefit of facing a Padres offense that has been substantially below average so far (though not as woeful as Philadelphia’s), in a park where the flyballs tend to stay out of the bleachers. With a win tonight, the Phillies can pull within a game of .500.
- Juan Pierre, LF (.293 wOBA in 2011)
- Placido Polanco, 3B (.304)
- Jimmy Rollins, SS (.329)
- Hunter Pence, RF (.378)
- Shane Victorino, CF (.372)
- John Mayberry, Jr., LF (.369)
- Carlos Ruiz, C (.332)
- Freddy Galvis, 2B (N/A)
- Vance Worley, SP