In the visitors' corner, weighing in at "A Lot": Joe Blanton, eater of innings and junk food with a clean bill of health and an affordable contract for years to come. In the home corner, burdened by perhaps the best pure stuff in the game and the hopes of a fanbase that's waited--oh, you've heard?--100 years for a ring: Rich Harden.
These former A's teammates, traded by A's GM Billy Beane nine days apart in June, square off at Wrigley Field this afternoon. Given the implosions of the Phillies' bullpen the last two nights, here's hoping Blanton can go 8 or 9; given what Harden did to them back in June while still in Oakland, it might not matter.
08/29/08 2:20 PM EDT
|Philadelphia Phillies||Chicago Cubs|
|Jimmy Rollins - SS||Alfonso Soriano - LF|
|Shane Victorino - CF||Ryan Theriot - SS|
|Chase Utley - 2B||Derrek Lee - 1B|
|Ryan Howard - 1B||Aramis Ramirez - 3B|
|Pat Burrell - LF||Jim Edmonds - CF|
|Jayson Werth - RF||Mark DeRosa - 2B|
|Greg Dobbs - 3B||Kosuke Fukudome - RF|
|Carlos Ruiz - C||Henry Blanco - C|
|Joe Blanton - P||Rich Harden - P|