Here is some more info on tonight’s game, probably more things about tonight’s game than you ever even wanted to know. Anyway, it’s just in from the Phillies’ PR department:
- This is the Phillies 127th opening day. In previous openers they are 56-68-2.
- Tonight marks Brett Myers’ third consecutive Opening Day start for the Phillies. He is the first Phillies pitcher to make 3 consecutive Opening Day starts since Curt Schilling did it exactly 10 years earlier (1997-99).
- Eight players on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster were originally signed or drafted by the club: LHP Cole Hamels, LHP J.A. Happ, 1B Ryan Howard, RHP Ryan Madson, RHP Brett Myers, SS Jimmy Rollins, C Carlos Ruiz and 2B Chase Utley.
- Entering the 2009 season, several Phillies are reaching milestones- Ryan Howard needs 1 RBI for 500, 1 double f or 100 and 23 HR for 200. Jimmy Rollins needs 5 stolen bases for 300 and 39 hits for 1,500. Raul Ibanez need 6 RBI for 800. Chase Utley needs 8 RBI for 500, 11 doubles for 200 and 10 runs for 500. Pedro Feliz needs 24 RBI for 500. Brett Myers needs 64 SO for 1,000. Joe Blanton needs 20 SO for 500. Chan Ho Park needs 10 SO for 1,600. Ryan Madson needs 5 appearances for 300. Brad Lidge needs 47 SO for 700.
Here’s the Phillies’ lineup for tonight:
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Jayson Werth RF
- Chase Utley 2B
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Shane Victorino CF
- Pedro Feliz 3B
- Carlos Ruiz C
- Brett Myers P