The Phillies begins a series with the Mets, hoping to stay close to first place in the East.

The second place Phillies (76-64) prepare to face the first place Mets (79-61) for the last time this season, with first place on the line, for a three games series in New York. The game will be played at Shea Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm tonight. The Phillies’ starter will be their hottest pitcher, Brett Meyer (8-10, 4.40), who is 5-1 with a ERA of 1.78 along with two no-decisions in which the Phillies are 1-1, in his last eight starts. He is coming off a victory against the Cubs on August 30, where he pitched seven plus innings, giving up two earned runs on eleven hits (all singles) and eight strikeouts, in the Phillies’ 5-2 win. His last start against the Mets on July 23, he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits and five walks, in the Phillies’ 6-3 lost. He will be looking for his sixth win since coming back from his minor league stint while bringing the Phillies closer to first place. His opponent will be Mike Pelfrey (13-8, 3.66), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on August 30, where he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Mets’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while also trying to put some more distance between the Mets and the Phillies.

The Phillies will be coming to New York, trying to sweep their first series from the Mets since last September, as they make their last visit to Shea Stadium, which will be replaced by a new stadium next season. The Phillies will be sending against the Mets their present hot starter (Brett Myers), the 45-years old veteran (Jamie Moyer) and their ace (Cole Hamels), praying that they can shut down the Mets’ offense while their own offense attempts to run up the pitch count of the Mets’ starters and get at the Billy Wagner-less bullpen. The offense has been showing signs that it could bust loose at any time. Now would be the most appropriate time for it to bust out. Otherwise, the team will be seeing itself in a bigger hole than it did last year at this time as it doesn’t appear that this year’s Mets team will have as dramatic a collapse as it did last year. The Phillies need to take care of business NOW if they don’t want the Mets to give them the buisness this weekend.

The Phillies are now trailing the Mets as they prepare to meet them for a three games series. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by five games as they prepare for a three games weekend series with the Cardinals.


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