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Two Pinstripers With Something to Prove: Myers and Vic Take on the Nats

May 19, 2008, 6:13 PM EDT

After dropping two of three to a mediocre Blue Jays team, the Phils are in DC to face the Gnats in front of a smattering of fans (many wearing Phillies gear) in their new park. Brett Myers is looking to bounce back after another rough, home-run-ridden gem last week, and he, the team, and the fans could really use a good outing to show he hasn’t completely lost his juice. Despite his track record this season, which has him on pace to break the league record for homers allowed, I think he puts in a Quality Start tonight and drops that Eatonian 5.91 ERA a bit.

The early lineups are in at Yahoo, and Shane Vic is starting in center,
with Geoff Jenkins in right. The Phils are facing Washington’s Tim
Redding, and Jayson Werth’s numbers against north paws are what’s
limited him to being a platoon player so far in his career. If Vic
wants to stay in the lineup as the starting CF, tonight is a good
chance to show Chollie he’s not a .235 hitter. Until then, it’s hard to
complain when a guy who’s knocking the cover off the ball is getting
your PT.