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Ross Gload Gets Rare Start as Phils Look to Sweep Rockies

May 19, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

The skies don’t look promising in South Philly this evening as the Phils try to sweep the Rockies in their quick 2-game series before welcoming in Inter-League play tomorrow. If the weather allows the game to happen, fans could be treated to a few Gload droppings on Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin this evening as Charlie Manuel will give Ross a start for only the third time this season.

If you were to look up Gload’s career stats against Chacin to maybe see what Manuel’s thought process was, you’d find that Gload has never faced tonight’s starter. Chacin has great numbers against the Phils in three career appearances, allowing current Phillies to hit only .143 against him. Raul Ibanez (2) and Placido Polanco (1) are the only Phillies available tonight who have notched hits off of him.

As for the Phils’ hurler, Joe Blanton is coming off an okay start in Atlanta in which he gave up two first-inning homers but then settled in nicely. Blanton couldn’t last very long (74 pitches) as he was still working his way back from the DL. The ‘pen and the offense certainly didn’t help his cause.

If you’re looking for a bright spot in today’s gloomy outlook, Blanton hasn’t lost at Citizens Bank Park in his last 15 starts here (5-0, 4.52 ERA), and the Phils are 12-3 in those games. Kind of surprising numbers.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, weather permitting. I’ll be in my partial season seats, trying my best to stay dry. If you’re wondering whether they’ll play the game, I’d bet on it. This is the only time Colorado is in Philly this season and finding a make up day could prove very challenging.