Monday, August 16, 2010

Phillies take series from Mets, tied with SF for Wild Card

With last night's victory over the New York Mets to the series' rubber match, the Phillies have taken six of the last seven series. The victory leaves the Phils two games behind the division leading Braves, but most importantly the Phillies are now tied with the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the wild card. That's a perfect segway for this week, when the Giants come into Philly for a three-game series.

With today's off day, the Phillies could have rearranged the starting rotation to feature Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and then Roy Halladay on the mound against San Fran. It appears, however, that Halladay will miss this series and instead pitch the opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Oswalt is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Barry Zito, Blanton opposes Matt Cain on Wednesday and Hamels squares off with Jonathan Sanchez in the series finale. The highest ERA belonging to those three Giants belongs to Sanchez at 3.60. It should be a tough series with a ton of good starting pitchers taking the mound. It'd look even better if 'Doc were on the mound on Thursday.

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