Today’s line up for the Phillies will be without both Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 7:05.
Utley has played the last five days. After last night’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, Charlie Manuel said he and Utley would discuss playing a sixth straight day. But Utley was granted the day off, which still won’t exempt him from pinch-hitting duties.
Rollins’ situation is a little more different. After bruising his knee over the weekend when he hit a foul ball off the top of his right knee, it was revealed he had a deep bone bruise.
But Rollins pinch hit last night, signs he can play. The Phils were also going to exercise the option of letting Rollins start today but opted to bench him again.
It still isn’t known how much of a possibility it is for Rollins to land on the DL. He did express before yesterday’s game that “if I was going to the DL, it would purely be because they just made a bad decision.” [UPDATE 6:10 PM: Manuel said Rollins is likely to start tomorrow.]
Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez will both be in the line up tonight playing the middle infield positions.
Domonic Brown will bat in the two spot today and Martinez in the 8th.
Today’s line up: Victorino 8, Brown 9, Polanco 5, Howard 3, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Valdez 6, Martinez 4, Hamels 1.
Cole Hamels is on the hill tonight for the Phillies. He’s 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA. He’s struck out 82 batters in 12 starts this season and has the lowest WHIP (0.968) in the majors.
In his career against the Dodgers, Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts. He’s gone a total of 30 innings, striking out 26 and allowing only 22 hits and three walks (0.833 WHIP).