Trade acquisition Joe Blanton makes his second start as a Phillie today in the rubber game against the Braves. Blanton was advertised as an innings-eater (also: cupcakes), and that's what he must be today with the Phillies having used six of their seven relievers in yesterday's unlikely 10-9 win. He faces Jorge Campillo, the 2008 winner of the Braves' annual "who the f*&% is this guy and why is he pitching like an all-star?" award. The Phils have fared relatively well against Campillo this year, though that was also true with Jair Jurrjens until Friday.
The game might actually have higher stakes for Atlanta than for the Phils: a loss today could confirm the Braves as sellers headed toward this week's non-waiver trade deadline, while a win likely prolongs the ambiguity.
07/27/08 1:35 PM EDT
|Atlanta Braves||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Gregor Blanco - LF||Jimmy Rollins - SS|
|Yunel Escobar - SS||Shane Victorino - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Brian McCann - C||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Mark Kotsay - CF||Pat Burrell - LF|
|Jeff Francoeur - RF||Jayson Werth - RF|
|Kelly Johnson - 2B||Eric Bruntlett - 3B|
|Omar Infante - 3B||Chris Coste - C|
|Jorge Campillo - P||Joe Blanton - P|