Preview Phillies at Mets: Game 58

June 11, 2009 by  
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In this series each team has played their ace. The Mets won because of their ace. The Phillies won despite their ace. Tonight, each team will play a wild card on the mound.

Jamie Moyer
has played well lately, and has shown improvement on the mound, but he has done so against below-average competition.

If Phillies’ fans are to feel comfortable again with Moyer, he will have to give a solid outing tonight against the Mets, who have been hitting in bunches against Phillies pitching this series.

In Moyer’s last game against the Mets he lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs to cross the plate. Three of the seven hits allowed were home runs.

Moyer took a no-decision in his last game in Los Angeles. The Phillies lost, but Moyer went seven innings and allowed just two runs on four hits.

The Mets will counter with Tim Redding. Redding has struggled this season, though he has only pitched in four games. Redding’s only start at Citi Field was a disaster as the Florida Marlins torched him for seven runs on eight hits in just four innings of work.

Lifetime against the Phillies, Redding is 5-3 in eleven starts. You can categorize Redding with the rest of the traditional “Philly Killers,” but the Phillies will look to get their offense going.

Chase Utley has hit three home runs in this series. The Phillies bullpen out-dueled the Mets bullpen last night. For the Mets, closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched two innings last night, and pitched the ninth inning the night before.

The Phillies are now 22-9 on the road after last night’s extra-inning win.

Phillies record: 34-23
Mets record: 31-26

NL East Standings (Team, record, games behind)

  1. PHILLIES 34-23,
  2. Mets 31-26, 3.0
  3. Braves 29-29, 5.5
  4. Marlins 29-32, 7.0
  5. Nationals 15-42, 19.0

Pitching probables: Moyer (4-5, 6.27 ERA) vs. Redding (0-2, 6.97 ERA)

TV: Comcast Sportsnet

First pitch: 7:10pm EST

Season series: Mets lead 4-2
5.01 NY METS L 4-7 Preview/Open Thread
5.02 NY METS W 6-5 (10) Open Thread
5.06 @ NY Mets L 0-1 Preview/Open Thread/Recap
5.07 @ NY Mets L 5-7 Preview/Open Thread/Recap
6.09 @ NY Mets L 5-6 Preview/Open Thread/Recap
6.10 @ NY Mets W 5-4 (11) Preview/Open Thread/Recap

Game open thread will be posted at 6:30 p.m. Game recap will be up tomorrow morning.

Article Source: Bleacher Report - Philadelphia Phillies

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