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March 26 2007

Barring yet another unforeseen event, Brett Myers will be on the hill for the Phils when they take the field on opening day a week from today.  Here's a look at the guys who have gotten the call on opening day in the NL East over the last ten years, along with my guess of who we might see in 2007:

 

Year PHI ATL NYM WAS/MON FLA
2007 B Myers J Smoltz T Glavine J Patterson D Willis
           
2006 J Lieber T Hudson T Glavine L Hernandez D Willis
2005 J Lieber J Smoltz P Martinez L Hernandez J Beckett
2004 K Millwood R Ortiz T Glavine L Hernandez J Beckett
2003 K Millwood G Maddux T Glavine T Armas, Jr J Beckett
2002 R Person T Glavine A Leiter J Vazquez R Dempster
2001 O Daal J Burkett A Leiter J Vazquez R Dempster
2000 A Ashby G Maddux M Hampton D Hermanson A Fernandez
1999 C Schilling T Glavine A Leiter D Hermanson A Fernandez
1998 C Schilling G Maddux B Jones C Perez L Hernandez
1997 C Schilling J Smoltz P Harnisch J Bullinger K Brown

Tom Glavine and Livan Herandez are the two most frequently appearing names on the list.  Not including the 2007 projections, Glavine has started on opening day for an NL East team five times in the last ten years while Hernandez has started four. 

You can find old box scores that show the opening day starters at Baseball Almanac and Retrosheet.

Charlie Manuel sent the struggling Aaron Rowand home to rest on Friday and Rowand has not played in any of the last three games for the Phils. 

All the Ryan Howard lineup protection discussion you can eat.  Open 24 hours.

Freddy Garcia says he's fine.

The Mets have made some decisions about their pitching.  Aaron Sele and Chan Ho Park will start the season on the roster but in the pen.  The linked article suggests the Mets' rotation may go Glavine, Hernandez, Maine, Perez, Pelfrey.

Tom Glavine is apparently ready for Jimmy Rollins.

The Phils beat the Twins yesterday, winning 10-2 to improve to 9-15 in spring training.

Somebody's got to be hot and apparently it's Chase Utley.  Utley smoked two more home runs, giving him six this spring.  He was 3-for-4 with four RBI. 

Ryan Howard busted out of an 0-for-17 slump with a fifth inning single.  He was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout on the day.  He's hitting .231 this spring.  He might not be pleased about it, either.

Karim Garcia hit a solo home run, his first of the spring.  He was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.  He's hitting .316 and seems like a good bet to make the team.

Dobbs was 1-for-5 with a single.  Chris Coste is feeling better.

Ron Calloway had two more hits.  He's hitting .387.  Jason Jaramillo had a double and two RBI.  He was 2-for-4.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and pitched great.  He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.  He didn't walk anyone and struck out six.  Both of the runs he allowed came on solo homers, one from Rondell White and one from Luis Castillo.

Alfonseca replaced Hamels in the seventh with two outs and nobody on and got the last man to end the frame.  Madson started the eighth, got the first two men and was replaced by Matt Smith, who struck out the only man he faced.  Tom Gordon allowed a single in the ninth but kept the Twinkies off the board and lowered his ERA to 1.59. 

The Phillies play the Yankees this afternoon.

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