After a hugely disappointing series loss to the Marlins, the Phils enter a four game set with the Beermakers 3.5 games back of the Mets in the East and, along with St. Louis and Houston, 4 games back of the Milwaukee in the Wild Card. With only 16 games left to play, it's "put up or shut up" time in Philadelphia. Here's how the series stacks up.
Game 1 - Jamie Moyer v Ben Sheets - Moyer is 45 years old and will be pitching on only three days rest. Sheets hasn't given up a run for three starts and carries a stellar 2.82 ERA into the game. I don't see the opener going well for the good guys...
Game 2 - Cole Hamels v Manny Parra - It's very possible that the Phils will start this game 4.5 games back of the Mets. The Phils haven't seen Parra this year, but given their recent struggles against lefties and their propensity to score few runs when Hamels is on the mound, it might take a gem to pull this one out.
So, to recap quickly, I think the Phils lose the first two. Can you tell I'm not very optimistic about where the Phils are heading this year?
Game 3 - Joe Blanton v Dave Bush - Joe Blanton has given up lots of walks and runs recently. All I can say is that he is due. Big time.
Game 4 - Unknown v Jeff Suppan - This is where Kyle Kendrick would be due to pitch. However, I think he'll go the way of his bosom buddy and former rotation mate Adam Eaton and not be allowed anywhere near a start for the rest of the year. But who will pitch then? I'm guessing JA Happ will get the start. And he'll probably lose...