When Charlie Manuel handed over Saturday night's lineup card—the first with 'Pence' scrawled below 'Howard'—it included a whopping eight players who have been All-Stars at least once in their career. In fact, all but two have been All-Stars more than once. Here's a look at the ASG resumes of last night's Phillies starters, plus today's lineup and pitching matchup.
Jimmy Rollins (2001, 2002, 2005)
Shane Victorino (2009, 2011)
Chase Utley (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Ryan Howard (2006, 2009, 2010)
Hunter Pence (2009, 2011)
Raul Ibanez (2009)
Placido Polanco (2007, 2011)
Cliff Lee (2008, 2010, 2011)
Now, we all know the process of becoming an All-Star isn't the purest representation of the league's elite talent in a given season, from fan voting to manager selections and franchise representation, but that's still pretty amazing.
Today, Polly will get some rest, with Michael Martinez taking over at the hot corner. Chooch also gets the afternoon off, and obviously Clifton won't be in the lineup today (although if there's a need for a pinch-hitter…).
Vance Worley will face righty Jeff Karstens, who boasts a nice 8-5, 2.41/1.07 line. Karstens topped the Phillies on June 3rd, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks over seven innings. Since that time, he's pitched three zero-ER starts and not allowed more than three earned in any outing.
Hunter Pence's career numbers against Karstens? 8-19 for a .421 average, a homer and two RBI.