Let's try some optimism with the Phillies even though they aren't a very good team and fastball-throwing rookie Scott Mathieson will face Cy Young Award-winner-waiting-to-happen Jake Peavy on Wednesday night... in that regard, the July 4 victory over the Padres was one the Phillies would have lost a few days ago. The Phillies definitely would have figured out how to lose that lead in the late innings, but despite the blown save, Tom Gordon did a nice job wiggling out of that jam. More optimism: though it isn't ideal, the Phillies are better off with Carlos Ruiz doing the brunt of the catching than Sal Fasano. Yes, Fasano is very popular in a kitschy way with a certain segment of the fans, but he isn't very good... and, no, we're not simply talking about his batting average. Surprisingly, his defense has been a bit sub par, though his arm is quite impressive. Besides, if Carlos Ruiz is supposed to have a bit of a future with the Phillies, they ought to find some playing time for him. Meanwhile, back in reality, the Phillies have 80 games to make up 10 1/2 games in the NL East and five games in the wild-card race. The problem with the wild-card chase is that there are seven teams ahead of them. According to AccuWeather and the great weather blog, Philadelphia Weather, it looks like we're in for some more rain tonight.