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Philadelphia Phillies
@ Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Joe Blanton vs Micah Owings

Sunny. Game time temperature around 80.

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2009 - Joe Blanton 1-3 6.86 1.68 33 16

2009 - Micah Owings 3-4 3.95 1.37 24 17

You know who really sucks so far this year? The Phillies starting pitching. Joe Blanton has the 3rd lowest ERA as a starter for any of the pitchers who have started a game for the Phillies this year. That reminds me a lot of the Reds teams of recent history. Luckily for the Phillies their offense is averaging nearly 5.7 runs per game this year. That makes what Cueto and Harang have done so far this series that much more impressive.

It's up to Micah Owings to keep the momentum for the pitching staff going. I was surprised to see that Owings' ERA is under 4.00, but then he's allowed just 2 ER in his last 13 IP. We last saw him (if you stayed up that late) finishing off the Reds 16 inning loss to the Padres on Saturday. He pitched fairly well in that game, especially given that he was working on just 3 days rest. Hopefully pitching out of turn won't affect him too much today.

The offense started to show some life last night, scraping out 12 hits, though only 3 went for extra bases. It looks like Alex Gonzalez will finally get a day off after going 3 for his last 24. Paul Janish will be in at shortstop for the Reds today. In fact, after putting up a fairly weak lineup the last two days, today's lineup looks a lot better to the eyes than it probably should:

Taveras CF
Rosales 3B
Bruce RF
Phillips 2B
Nix LF
Hernandez 1B
Hanigan C
Janish SS
Owings P

Here is to them pounding out a bunch of runs off of Blanton! Go Reds!