Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Phillies look to continue winning ways versus Mets

Brett Myers has performed like an ace since returning to the rotation after the All-Star break.

The Phillies capped off a 4 game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers last night with a convincing 5-0 win. Anchored by resurgent starter Brett Myers (4-1, 1.66 ERA since returning to the MLB rotation on July 23rd) and Jimmy Rollins (3 for 3, BB, HBP) the Phillies capped off their first 4 game sweep of the Dodgers since 1985 and the first ever in Philadelphia. The win was also Philadelphia's 8th in its last 10 games. No time to wallow in the victory; an important 2 game series begins tonight. The NL East leading Mets come to town to spoil the party. New York leads Philadelphia by 1/2 game in the East. Up first is crafty veteran Jamie Moyer (11-7. 3.54 ERA), who will face off with incosnistent and injury-plagued Pedro Martinez (4-3, 4.97 ERA). Carlos Delgado has been on a tear recently and is having a much better season this year when compared to 2007. Delgado has already equaled his run total and surpassed his home run and RBI total, though he is batting only .258 currently. The Mets also received a boost when 2B Luis Castillo was activated from the DL, only to lose SP John Maine for a few weeks. It is a showdown at CBP tonight. The Phillies must split this series. A sweep, though only 2 games, would stretch the Mets record against Philadelphia to 11-4 this season.

In other news, MLB and the umpires have decided to initiate the use of replays starting with any series beginning this Thursday, August 28th. The Phillies/Cubs series will be one of the first to feature replay, if needed. As of now replays can only be initiated for boundary calls, described as fly balls going over the fence or if a home run was fair or foul. It's about time! The rest of the major sports leagues all have some form of instant replay.

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