Thursday, April 30, 2009

Phillies vs. Mets; Get your favorite finger ready

Scott Olsen and the Washington Nats put an end to the Phils' winning streak last night with a 4-1 victory. The Phillies will rest and enjoy an off-day today, while preparing to start another streak as the New York Mets come to town for the weekend.

For what seems like the first time since acquiring him, the Phillies will not face Johan Santana in this series. Chan Ho Park takes the ball tomorrow against Mike Pelfrey. Oliver Perez starts Saturday in what could be his final appearance out of the rotation should his struggles continue. Jamie Moyer takes the hill for the Phils on Saturday, and Joe Blanton will pitch the finale against John Maine.

This series may be a slug-fest. The combined era of the three Phils starters: 6.88. The Mets' three starters: 7.01. The ball may be flying out of Citizen's Bank Park all weekend, which should make for some exciting games. If the series does turn out that way, give the advantage to the Phillies who score and come up with clutch hits late in games, where the Mets do not. When the Mets give the Phillies trouble, it's usually a dominant starting pitcher keeping the lineup off-balance.

I can't wait to get to the ballpark for Friday's game. I wonder whether Mets fans will trash talk that they're in fourth place and the Phillies are 1.5 games out of first, or that they missed the postseason again last year and the Phils won the World Series. Hmm... there's just so much to choose from.

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