The Phillies (79-67) will start an important four games series with the Brewers (83-63, 2nd National League Central, 1st N.L. Wild Card). The first game of the series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be the veteran Jamie Moyer (13-7, 3.64), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 7, where he threw seven innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits, in the Phillies’ 6-2 win. Moyer will be coming off of just three days rest, something he hasn’t done in over two seasons with the Phillies, as the Phils hope that he will be able to give them another quality start while putting them back on the winning track. The Brewers’ starter will be Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82), who is also coming off a victory, with his against the Padres on September 6, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only five hits, in the Brewers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying for his fourteenth win of the year while trying to put a nail into the coffin of the Phils’ chances to reach the playoffs.
As the Phillies hope that Jamie Moyer will be ready to pitch with three days rest, the team hopes that the offense will finally decide to wake up and start scoring some runs. Of course, they will need to stop putting pressure on themselves to do it. This team need to seriously take this one game at a time instead of trying to win everything at one time. If they can stay within themselves and start to actually play situational baseball and continue playing situational baseball, they might be able to get into the playoffs again. If they don’t, they better just start getting ready to back their bags.
The Phillies now trail the Mets by three and a half games in the East as they have the day off. The Marlins now trail the Phillies by five games as they also take the day off. In the wild card chase, the Phillies trail the Brewers by four games, as the two teams face off at Citizens Bank Park, while they are tied with the Astros for second place in the wild card race as the Astros play the Pirates tonight, while the two teams are both a half-game ahead of the Cardinals who will be facing the Cubs tonight. The Phillies will be doing whatever they can to get back into the Eastern Division pennant race, as well as putting as much pressure as they can on the Brew Crew in the wild card chase with sixteen games left in their season.