The Phils (22-18) continue their three game series with the Braves (19-19) with a night game from Citizens Bank Park that will be televised nationally on ESPN. The game starts at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-3, 5.33), who is coming off a lost to the Diamondbacks on May 8. The D-backs lit up Myers for seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits in five innings of work in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. This was after coming off a no-decision against the Giants on May 3 where he gave up only two earned runs on six hits as he pitched seven innings in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. In fact, Myers has lost two of his last four games as well as receiving two no-decisions. He has given up at least four earned runs in three of those games. There is a lot of concern among the Phillies’ faithful about what is wrong with Myers and whether he can get his pitching ability back, while Myers will be looking for a win to even his record at 3-3. Myers’ opponent will be Tom Glavine (0-1, 4.03), the future hall of famer, who is having just as bad a season as Myers. Although he has given up two earned runs or less in all but one of the five games that he’d pitched, he didn’t last the first inning in one game (April 13 against Washington) and lasted only four and two-thirds innings in a second game (May 4 versus Cincinnati), where he got torched for six earned runs, although Atlanta was able to win the game. In the three games that he had lasted at least six innings, the Braves are 0-3, so overall, the Braves’ record with Glavine as the starter is 1-4. Glavine will be looking for his first win of the year, and hoping to get it against the Phils, whom he had given fits over the years.
Edit: Glavine is 28-17 with a 3.68 ERA (HT/Beerleaguer) against the Phils.
The Phils hope to decrease the Marlins’ lead in the National League East with a win tonight, and a Marlins lost in Cincinnati. They are also hoping that the Nationals will defeat the Mets so that they can put a little distance between them and the Mets.