Waiting For Tonight

17 May

Roy Oswalt is returning to the Phillies lineup tonight to battle the St. Louis Cardinals.  After a disappointing, and pretty much embarrassing loss last night the Phillies offense must bounce back.  The Phils are batting just .211 on the current road trip.

Oswalt will be on a pitch count tonight since this is his first game back from his trip to the disabled list.  Nobody seems to be sure what to expect.

What you can expect is the Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (5-0) to come out with guns blazing.  Garcia is 2-1 in his career against the Phillies, with a 1.89 ERA.  Not what a struggling team wants to see.

If you looked at the scouting reports over the weekend you would have thought that Monday would have been the mismatch of the series.  Lee, despite his 2-3 record had been pitching much better recently, and the Cardinals Jake Westbrook who was also 2-3, has not.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com wrote an interesting piece about the Phillies offense this morning where he points out the the 17-2 in games where they score four runs or more.  That’s almost a .900 winning percentage.

Side Notes-

Cliff Lee – Cliff threw a career high six walks last night.  What’s going on with the Aces?

Jose Contreras – According to Ruben Amaro Jr. Jose will throw an inning for the Clearwater Threshers on Wednesday. Jose has not been in a game since April 21st.

Have a Seat – Victorino, Iganez, and Chooch will all sit tonight out.  With the injuries it makes sense, but also since Jaime Garcia is a lefty it’s not going to help Chooch break out of his skid.

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