Thursday, September 04, 2008

Taking On The Queens from Queens

The Phils roll into the Big Apple three games behind the frontrunning Mets. With only 19 games to go after this series, it's obvious that they can't afford to drop any games this weekend. Anything short of two victories will be considered a debilitating failure. Here are the matchups for this weekend.

Game 1 - Brett Myers v. Mike Pelfrey - Myers has been fantastic in his last seven starts, going at least 6 innings and giving up 3 runs of less in all of them. He's only given up 2 runs in the last 23 innings. Mike Pelfrey lost six straight decisions earlier this year, but is 11-2 in his last 13 decisions. He's been extremely solid for the Mets all year. However, the guy has to wear a giant rubber mouth piece so he doesn't gnaw off his tongue. The Phils can't lose to a guy like that. I predict a Phils win in game one.

Game 2 - Jamie Moyer v. Pedro Martinez - When Moyer gave up 6 runs to the Mets last week, it was first time he had given up more than three runs since June 1. Of course, it was against the Mets, so... As for Pedro Martinez, who knows if he's even going to pitch. Yahoo! has this to say about him: "Pedro Martinez threw long toss but did not throw off a mound Wednesday, Sept. 3. The team expects Martinez to start Saturday, Sept. 6. He has been bothered by general body stiffness and velocity issues." Moyer has been pitching good and Martinez is fragile, so naturally the Mets take this one.

Game 3 - Cole Hamels v. Darth Santana - Kyle Kendrick's turn is being skipped, setting up this great pitching matchup in what I think will determine the series winner. Both lefties are on the top of their respective games right now, perfectly mixing 90 MPH fastballs with devastating changeups. This game could go either way, but I think the Phils take it and the series.

At the end of the weekend, the standings will look like this:
NY Mets 80-63 --
Phillies 78-65 2.0
Mr. Met = Bad Influence

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no,'
Yes I've been black but when I come back you'll know know know.
I ain't got the time and if Mr. Met thinks I'm fine,
They've tried to make me go to rehab but I won't go go go.



BloodStripes said...

Big series. Smoke 'em Phils!!

GM-Carson said...

Huge series. Have to take 2 of 3, but honestly I think a sweep is almost necessary.

By the way, did Ryan Howard's K Counter go up even on an off day?

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies still don't want to go past two guaranteed years for Pat Burrell. Stark points out another complication - Burrell would gain 10-and-5 rights early in a Phillies contract. Any NL team inking Burrell for four years is a risky proposition given his defense. If Burrell leaves the Phillies, Stark doesn't expect the team to sign a major free agent as his replacement.

*I know WSBGM's wants Burrell back, and 2 years sounds just right. Right now, he's in line for putting up his career norms, and his career norms are much better than a lot of the junk that's on the free agent market.

GM-Carson said...

Phils 3rd base coach Steve Smith has been suspended 2 games for arguing a call last Friday. Howard was clearly safe at 1st base, yet was called out. So safe in fact that Smith ran over from 3rd base to throw a fit. I like that.

By the way, Amy Winehouse is one ugly mutt.

Joe said...

The weather is going to f- with this series. I think it's reasonable to expect a pitching-staff-straining double header on Sunday after a rain out on Saturday.

I am channelling the positive mojo of September 2007.

Bob D said...

That's a pretty bad Ump when someone runs clear across the field to argue the call that the Ump was 5foot from. I don't see why the Phils don't just sweep the series, they can do it.

GM-Carson said...

It does look like the upper East Coast will get hammered with rain Saturday, which could force a double header Sunday. A double header isn't as bad in September though because of expanded rosters.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

GOTS to win tonight!

GM-Carson said...

We need the Brett Myers that has been pitching recently to show up tonight, not the one from the 1st half of the season. I honestly seem him going 8 strong innings tonight and picking up the "W" and putting the Phils in the right direction for the series.

Ahh, optimism, it's like a feel good drug.

furiousBall said...

I really think another solid outing from Brett would set an attitude for the rest of the series. I think tonight's game will dictate the remainder of this season.

furiousBall said...

phils got gooch!

Maria said...

I knew Iguchi would be back. Now the Phils need to get rid of Eaton and So-So Taguchi.

BloodStripes said...

Winning the opener is a must. 2 back instead of 4. Set the tone boys and put the pressure back on the mutts.

Maria said...

Brett Myers is a officially a rockstar.

BloodStripes said...

Awesome performance.

SirAlden said...

Great Catch! by Shane Victorino to save the game in the 9th with men on base, recording the last out.

Sweep, or Split now and we are in good shape.

I miss you Sept 2007 Tom Gordon.