Here is today's Brewers' lineup:
Poor Rickie Weeks. The guy is the right-handed player in a platoon at second base and doesn't get many starting opportunities. Now that he does have the chance to start a game, he has to face Cliff Lee. This is not likely to help him break out of a 1-11 slump to start the season.
Lee started the season off on the wrong foot with an eight-run outing to open the year. However, he got back on track in start number two when he shut out the Cubs over seven innings. He has not been great against the Brewers in seven career starts against the team with a 4.66 ERA while allowing an 812 OPS. Individual Brewers have been successful against him, as well. Carlos Gomez (977 OPS), Ryan Braun (1.304 OPS) and Aramis Ramirez (1.036 OPS) have all wrecked Lee in over 20 plate appearances apiece. Weeks starting because of the platoon split may not end up working well: In 17 plate appearances against Lee he has a .200/.294/.200 career line.
Meanwhile, Marco Estrada will hope to keep his strong start going. He pitched 5⅔ innings against the Red Sox last week, allowing just one earned run on four hits. However, it took him over 100 pitches to last that long and he walked three batters. He did strike out six others, though. A healthy and productive Estrada will be a sight to see this year. Here's hoping he keeps the forward momentum going.
Here is the Phillies' lineup for today, featuring Chase Utley's return after a bout with the flu:
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Cody Asche, 3B
9. Cliff Lee, P