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Game 43 Open Thread: Phillies at Rockies

Let's finish this.

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Winning eight out of nine games is something an okay team does. Are the Phillies an okay team if they win today in Colorado, taking three out of four from the Rockies after a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks? No they are not, but some guys - like Aaron Harang, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard - have made themselves look (or continue to look) pretty respectable (Howard is hitting .333 over the last two weeks with a .975 OPS, 3 HR and 3 2B), while others - like Maikel Franco - are Maikel Franco.

Freddy Galvis leads off today, for the first time since May 2013 and no other times before that. Why is this happening? I don't know. Also different from a lineup Ryne Sandberg has been trotting out there is that Chase Utley is hitting second, Darin Ruf hits third, Odubel Herrera was moved to the eight slot, and Cameron Rupp is catching. This isn't quite the hopeless bunch Sandberg trotted out in game three vs. Arizona (which they won), but as we've found out the last few days, nothing is hopeless against the Rockies.

Now we just need Jerome Williams to not suffer a normal fifth-inning disaster and we'll be set. What do you say, Jerome? No? Fine.

Today's Lineups

Freddy Galvis - SS Charlie Blackmon - CF
Chase Utley - 2B DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Darin Ruf - LF Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Ryan Howard - 1B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Maikel Franco - 3B Ben Paulsen - 1B
Jeff Francoeur - RF Mike McKenry - C
Odubel Herrera - CF Brandon Barnes - LF
Cameron Rupp - C Daniel Descalso - 3B
Jerome Williams - RHP Jorge De La Rosa - LHP