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Phils will their third home series on the nation’s birthday as they defeat the Mets, 4-1.

For only the third time this season, the Phils have won a series at home, as they defeated the Mets on the nation’s birthday, 4-1. Jamie Moyer, pitching in the 600th start of his long career, won his 253rd career win, tying himself with Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for 42nd place on the career wins list.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded and one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and then stopped at third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils would increase their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Paul Bako’s walk, and had gone to third on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, and Bako, who had earlier walked and had moved up to second on Moyer’s bunt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Mets would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and two men out, Mets’s starter Fernando Nieve hits a bloop RBI single, knocking in Nick Evans, who had earlier singled and then went up to second on Omir Santos’ single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Santos up to second. The Phils would get that run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Bako, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Moyer’s second sac bunt of the game, after being at first undecided upon whether to score or not on the hit, before finally scoring as the throw from Mets’ center fielder Ryan Church goes wide, as Rollins, who had just walked, moved up to third, and Victorino moved on to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would shut down the Mets for the last two and two-thirds innings of the game, with Lidge recording his fifteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 253rd of his career, as he pitched six and one-third strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 7-6, the team’s first seven game winner, with an ERA of 5.72. Chad Durbin, J. C. Romero and Ryan Madson combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings, recording their sixth (Durbin), fourth (Romero) and fifteenth (Madson) holds, as they give up only one hit among them (Romero), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Romero (1)). Brad Lidge recorded his fiftteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Fernando Nieve took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and six walks, as he struck out three. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 2.73. Pat Misch pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brian Stokes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Pedro Feliciano pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had collected nine hits in the game, with both Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the way with three hits a piece, with Victorino knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako had the other three hits, with Rollins’ hit being a two-run double. Jayson Werth would knock in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. With the victory, the Phillies have won their first series at home that was not against the Nationals, and they will be going for the series sweep, but trying to do it with Johan Santana on the mound for the Mets.

The Phillies (41-37, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Mets (39-41, 3rd-T), as they go for the series sweep. The game will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his fifth win of the season while trying to help the Phils sweep their main rival in the National League East. The Mets will put onto the mound Phils’ killer Johan Santana (9-6, 3.34), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 30, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be going for his tenth win of the year while hoping to both avoid the series sweep and a repeat of his last start against the Phils on June 9, in which he gave up five runs to them, in spite of getting the win.

Phils lose an unexpected pitchers’ duel to the Mets on a rare Pedro Feliz error, losing 1-0. Still in first place.

The Phillies lost a very unforeseen pitchers’ duel between Chan Ho Park and Johan Santana on a Pedro Feliz throwing error in the seventh inning, as the Phils lose a close one to the Mets, 1-0. The Phils are still in first place as the Marlins lose to the Braves.

For the first six-plus innings, Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park and Mets’ ace Johan Santana found themselves involved in an unexpected pitchers’ duel. In fact, Park gave up only a single to the Mets during those six innings, although getting into a jam in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men out, Jose Reyes would reach first base when Park would be unable to catch the throw to first from Ryan Howard, after Howard has caught Reyes’ grounder to first, for a catch error. Reyes would then steal second, and go on to third on Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error. Alex Cora then walked, to put runners on the corners for Carlos Beltran. Beltran ended the threat by flying out to left, keeping the game tied at 0-0. Meanwhile, Santana once again dominated the Phils’ batters, giving up only a hit and three walks, while striking out nine, in the first sixth innings. The Phils then had a threat of their own going in the top of the seventh, as Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a lead-off ground-rule double. But, that would be as far as he would get, as Pedro Feliz poped up to the catcher Omir Santos for the first out of the inning. Ruiz then grounded out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out. Eric Bruntlett then went to the plate to pinch hit for Park, and proceeded to become Santana’s tenth strike out victim. Scott Eyre then came out to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the Phils. He started the inning off by walking Carlos Delgado. After he got the next two batters, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, out by fly outs, he would be replaced on the mound by Chad Durbin to face pinch hitter Fernando Tatis. On a 1-1 fastball, Tatis hits a slow grounder to third. Instead of eating the ball, as it was obvious that he had no play, Feliz still tried to throw Tatis out at first base. Sadly, the throw went pass Howard, and into the right field foul area for a hit and a throwing error. Delgado, after going from second to third on the errant throw, kept on running to try and score from third. Jayson Werth, after picking up the ball, looked at Tatis, seeing him heading from second to third, before finally realizing that Delgado was heading for home plate. Werth then proceeded to throw a strike to home. Delgado, sliding, was able to get his foot onto home plate, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would turn out to be the final score, as a Phils threat in the eighth inning would fall flat and they would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, giving the Mets the win.

Chan Ho Park got a no-decision as he pitched an unexpected six strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Scott Eyre took the lost, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits and a walk. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Chan Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Johan Santana got the win as he pitched seven strong innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 4-1 with an 0.91 ERA. Pedro Feliciano recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phillies had only three hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino and a ground-rule double by Raul Ibanez. The Phils would be done in by both their offense being once again dominated by Santana and by their defense, which committed three errors in the game, one of which would end up being costly.

The Phillies (14-11, 1st) will conclude their two-games series with the Mets (13-13, 3rd) with a night game at Citi Field. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.65), who will once again be trying for his 250th career victory, after being handed a no-decision on May 2, against these same Mets. In that game, he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ dramatic 6-5 extra-innings win. He will be going for both his fourth win of the year and the 250th win of his long career. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (3-0, 6.00), who defeated the Phils on May 1, going five and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year and his second straight win over the Phils in a week’s time. The Phillies will be looking to leave Citi Field with a series split, while going back home to Citizens Bank Park to face the Braves in a weekend series, hopefully still leading the National League East.

Preview: Phillies v. Mets at Citi Field – 7:10 pm Eastern

The 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies (14-10, 1st) continue their four-games road trip with a short two-games series with their main rival in the National League East, the New York Mets (12-13, 3rd). The first game of the two-games set will be played at the Mets new home, Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Chan Ho Park (0-1, 8.57), who is coming off an earlier beating at the hands of these same Mets on May 1, where he was only able to go four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Phillies’ 7-4 lost. Park is still looking for his first win as a Phil, while folks ponder if this will be Park’s last chance to stay in the Phillies’ starting rotation. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (3-1, 1.10), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Marlins on April 29, as the Mets’ bullpen once again let him down. Santana went seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year as he hopes to once again dominate the Phils. The Phillies will be looking to come out of New York with at least a split, before coming home for a three-games set with the Braves.

My honest opinion? I see this game as a lost for the Phillies, as, since Santana has joined the Mets last season, the Phils have been unable to do anything with him, and the only times that they do score runs when he’s the starter for the Mets is when they get to the bullpen once he is taken out of the ballgame. The only way for the Phils to win this game is for their starter to keep them in the game, until they can get at the Mets’ bullpen, like they did last Saturday. But, since it is Park who is starting the game tonight for the Phils, I do not see this as being a close game, unless the Phillies’ presently red hot offense can find the holes in Santana’s armor and exploit them. So, I am resign at seeing this as a lost, unless, by some miracle, the offense decide to beat up on Santana. While I’m hoping for it, I’m not seeing it as happening.

The Phillies come out on top in a slugfest with the Cardinals, take control of first place in the NL East.

The Phillies’ offensive help the team outlast a determined Cardinals’ offense as the Phils defeat the Redbirds, 10-7. The Phils take over control of first place in the National League East as they head to New York City for their first meeting with their rivals, the Mets, in the Mets’ new home of Citi Field.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with one out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. In the third, the Phillies increased their lead, as, with runners on second and third, and nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Phils’ starter Brett Myers, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Later, with the bases loaded, via a single to Raul Ibanez, which had sent Victorino over to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, which would move Ibanez up to second, and still nobody out, the Phils would make it 4-0 Phils as Jayson Werth hits into a sacrifice-double play, which would score Victorino from third base, while Ibanez was thrown out at second base, 8-4, as he midjudged the play, thinking that the ball would fall in for a base hit, instead of being caught by centerfielder Colby Rasmus, for the inning’s second out. A rare baserunning mistake by Ibanez since becoming a Phil. The Cards would get a run back in their half of the third, as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Joe Thurston hits into an RBI ground out, 6-1, for the inning’s second out, knocking in Tyler Greene, who had earlier doubled, and had gone over to third on Skip Schumaker’s single, making it a 4-1 Phillies’ lead, while sending Schumaker, who had gone up to second base on Victorino’s throw home, as the ball goes past the cut off man, would move on to third. In the fourth, the Cardinals made it 4-2 Phils as Rudy Ludwick hits a lead-off solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, with one man out, Yadier Molina made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as he hits a solo home run of his own, his third home run of the year. The Phillies then increased their lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Werth hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, and his second home run of the series, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Victorino’s single, who would later be picked off first, trying to steal second base, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and Howard, who had earlier walked, giving the Phillies a 7-3 lead. The Cardinals got a run back in their half of the fifth, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Ludwick hits an RBI single, knocking in Thurston, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 7-4. In the sixth, with the bases loaded, via a single to Molina, Rasmus being hit by a pitch, and a single to Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright, with one man out, pinch hitter Khalil Greene would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Molina from third, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Rasmus over to third base. In the seventh, the Phillies would make it 8-5 Phils, as, with two men on, and one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second after Ibanez was hit by a pitch, while sending Ibanez over to third base. Two batters later, after Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases, sending Howard up to second base, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 9-5 lead, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Cardinals would get a run back, as, with two men on, and two outs, Rasmus hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Duncan, who had earlier walked and had gone on to second on Molina’s walk, making it 9-6 Phils, while sending Molina, who had earlier walked, over to third. In the ninth, the Phils added an insurance run, making it a 10-6 lead, as with a runner on first, and two men out, Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth, who was earlier safe at first on a fielder’s choice ground ball, as Ibanez, who had earlier hit a ground rule double and had reached third base on Howard’s ground out, 3-1, was cut down at home plate on a ball hit to the pitcher, Brad Thompson, who threw home to the catcher, Molina, who blocked home plate and then tagged out Ibanez, who had taken off on the crack of the bat. The Cardinals make it a 10-7 game in the bottom of the ninth, as Albert Pujols hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, and his only hit in the series. But, that would be it, as Brad Lidge would end the game by getting out the next three batters.

Brett Myers would get the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two hit batters, while striking out one. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he recorded his third hold of the year, giving up no runs or hits. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth hold of the season, as he went an inning and a third, giving up no runs. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Adam Wainwright took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 4.08. Denny Reyes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. Chris Perez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and hitting a batter. Jason Motte pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Brad Thompson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phillies collected fifteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the way with four hits, just one hit short of the cycle, as he had two singles, a double and a home run, knocking in three runs, and scoring three, as he raised his batting average to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Miguel Cairo, Carlos Ruiz and Brett Myers got the Phils’ other five hits. Besides the Victorino’s three RBIs, Werth lead the team with four RBIs, Feliz knocked in two runs and Howard knocked in one.

The Phillies (14-10, 1st) continue their four-games road trip with a short two-games series with their main rival in the NL East, the Mets (12-13, 3rd). The first game will be played at the Mets new home, Citi Field, with a start time of 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Chan Ho Park (0-1, 8.57), who is coming off an earlier beating at the hands of these same Mets on May 1, where he was only able to pitch four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Phillies’ 7-4 lost. Park is still looking for his first win as a Phil, while folks are wondering how many more chances the Phils will give him before putting him into the bullpen. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (3-1, 1.10), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Marlins on April 29, as the Mets’ bullpen once again let him down. Santana went seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year as he hopes to once again dominate the Phils. The Phillies will be looking to come out of New York with at least a split, before coming home for a three-games set with the Braves.

Brad Lidge finishes fourth in NL Cy Young Award Balloting.

Brad Lidge finishes fourth in the NL Cy Young Award Balloting, getting recognition for being perfect in save situations for the Phillies during the 2008 regular season. During the regular season, Lidge would go forty-one for forty-one in save opportunities, before adding seven more saves during the post-season, including saving the fourth and final victory in the Phillies’ 2008 World Series triumph. In the ballotting, Lidge would receive one second place ballot and seven third place ballots, giving him a total of ten votes, placing him behind Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum of the Giants (137), Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks (73) and Johan Santana of the Mets (55).

2008 NL Cy Young Award Voting
Pitcher, Club  1st 2nd 3rd Points
Tim Lincecum, SF  23    7   1  137
Brandon Webb, ARI       4  15   8   73
Johan Santana, NYM    4    8 11      55
Brad Lidge, PHI              1       7   10
CC Sabathia, MIL    1    1   1     9
Ryan Dempster, CHC       4      4

(Ballot: H/T Phillies.com)

The Phillies lose the battle of aces as they are unable to tie the Mets for first place.

The Phillies lose the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader as Johan Santana gets the better of Cole Hamels as the Mets defeat the Phillies, 6-3. The lost would push the Phillies back to being two games behind the Mets with 19 games left to go. The Phillies would strike first in the first inning, as with two men on and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has earlier singled and has gone to second on Jayson Werth’s walk, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while sending Werth to second. But Mets’ starter Johan Santana would get out of the inning by first striking out the heavily slumping Pat Burrell and then getting Shane Victorino to fly out. The Mets would strike back in their half of the first. After Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels would get the first batter out, he would give up a single to Ryan Church. David Wright would then reach base on catcher’s interference, putting runners on first and second, while leading into a long argument over the call between Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel and home plate umpire Jerry Meals, before Meals finally ejects Manuel for arguing the call. After Manuel finally leaves, Carlos Beltron would hit the first pitch thrown to him into left field for a single, scoring Church, and tying the score at one all. Wright would try to go to third on the play and would be called safe at third by the second base umpire Paul Emmel, although ESPN’s instant replay would show that not only was he tagged out before he has touched the bag with his hands, but he was also tagged out when he has slid off the bag, thus missing the play twice. In the meantime, Beltron would move up to second, putting Mets’ runners on second and third with still one out. Carlos Delgado would then follow with a RBI single, scoring both Wright and Beltran, to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. After getting Fernando Tatis to hit into a force out, 6 to 4, wiping out Delgado, for the inning’s second out, Hamels would finally get out of the inning by striking out Damion Easley. The Phillies would cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2 in the third as Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run, his fortieth home run of the year, and setting a Phillies’ record as he becomes the first Phillies to hit 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons. The Mets would get that run back in their half of the third as Delgado would hit a lead-off home run, his thirty-second home run of the year, to make it 4-2 Mets. Two innings later, Delgado would strike again as he would hit his thirty-third home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead, helping to further ruin Hamels’ night. Santana, in the meantime, was ruining the Phillies’ batters’ night, as he kept them off-balance, in spite of being a bit wild in the early innings, as he got the batters once again swinging early in the pitch count, before finally being taken out in the top of the eighth inning. After keeping the Phillies off of the scoreboard in the top of the eighth, the Mets would add one more run in their half of the eighth, as, with a runner on third and no one out, Brian Schneider would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Easley, who has earlier tripled, to give the Mets a 6-2 lead. The Phillies would get a run back in the ninth, when, with runners on the corners and one out, Andy Tracy would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino who has earlier reached base on an infield single, has gone to second on Schneider’s throwing error, and has gone to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ single, making it 6-3 Mets. But that would be the final score as Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala would strike out Jimmy Rollins to end the game.

Cole Hamels would take the lose, as he pitches five ineffective innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 12-9 with a 3.12 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Rudy Seanez would go two innings, giving up an earned run on one hit. Johan Santana would get the win as he goes seven and one third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. His record is now 13-7 with a 2.70 ERA. Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes would both pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Luis Ayala would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits.

The Phillies’ offense would do itself in once again by not being patient enough against Mets’ starter Johan Santana, as Santana, who would give up three walks in the game, was somewhat wild in the early innings. After being unable to bust the game open in the first thanks to a heavily slumping Pat Burrell, Santana would find a way to keep the Phillies under control before taking full control in the middle innings. Cole Hamels, on the other hand, would be unable to take control of the Mets’ thanks to a pair of long arguments; one between Charlie Manuel and home plate umpire Jerry Meals over whether Chris Coste’s glove actually did interfere with David Wright’s bat on what would have been strike three, which would end with Manuel being ejected from the game, and then one between third baseman Pedro Feliz and second base umpire Paul Emmel on whether Feliz has tagged out Wright at third before he has reached the bag when Wright tried to go to third on Carlos Beltron’s RBI single, which the instant replay would show that not only did Feliz tag Wright before he has reached the bag, but he has tagged him out when he has slid past the bag, both of which would be missed by Emmel. Both arguments would help to disrupt Hamels’ rhythm and lead to the Mets taking first the lead and then the ballgame. End result, Hamels would not stay calm enough to push back the Mets and allow the Phillies to sweep their way back into a first place tie.

The Phillies (78-65) will start an important three games series with the Marlins (72-71) tonight. The first games of the three game set will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.79), who is coming off yet another no-decision, this time against the Nationals on September 3, where he went only four innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 9-7 lost. Blanton has never faced the Marlins. He will once again try to win his second start as a Phil, while trying to do better than his last start. The Marlins’ starter will be Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 5.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 2, where he went only three innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits, in the Marlins’ 16-14 lost. In his previous start against the Phillies on August 6, he took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Marlins’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further back in the pennant race.

The Phillies trail the Mets by two games as the Mets take the day off. They are ahead of the Marlins by six games. The Phillies prepare to gain some ground on the Mets at the Marlins’ expense. In the wild card race, they are four games behind the slumping Brewers, as the Brew Crew prepare for a three games home stand with the Reds. The Phillies are a game ahead of the Cardinals, as the redbirds take the day off, while they are two games ahead of the Astros as they start a three games series with the Pirates. The Phillies hope to gain ground in both the Eastern Division and in the Wild Card chase, although at the moment they are more concerned with winning their division, although the Brewers will soon be coming into Philadelphia for four games.

Tropical Storm Hannah forces postponement; Phillies to face the Mets tomorrow in a day-night doubleheader, hoping for a sweep of the final series between the two teams at Shea Stadium.

Thanks to the appearance of Tropical Storn Hannah on the East Coast of the U.S., the Saturday afternoon game between the Phillies (77-64) and the Mets (79-62) has been postponed. Instead, the two contenders for the National League East will be playing a day-night doubleheader in Shea Stadium tomorrow. These will be the final games to be played between these two rivals in Shea Stadium.

The first game of the twinbill will start at 2:15 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be the 45-years old veteran Jamie Moyer (12-7, 3.80), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on August 31, where he went five and a third innings, giving up only two earned runs on eight hits (all singles), in the Phillies’ 5-3 win. Moyer has given up three runs or less in fifteen of his last sixteen starts, and plans to make it sixteen in his last seventeen, while planning to improve on his 1-1, 4.40 ERA in five starts record against the Mets. Moyer will be trying for his team leading thirtenth victory while hoping to shut down the Mets’ bats, redeeming himself for being roughed up by the Mets on August 26, only going three innings as he gave up six earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 dramatic, come from behind, extra-innings win. The Mets will be sending to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-3, 5.07), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 31, where he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Mets’ 6-2 win. In his last start against the Phillies, also on August 26, Martinez would get a no-decision as he is forced out of the game early, as he goes only five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Mets’ 8-7 extra-innings lost. Martinez is 3-2 against the Phils since joining the Mets in 2005. His will be trying to improve his record while trying to last a bit longer than he did a week ago.

The second game of the doubleheader will be a battle between team aces that will be televised nationally on ESPN. The game will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-8, 3.01), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 2, as he went seven and one-third shut out innings, giving up five hits, in the Phillies’ 4-0 win. Hamels has won three of his last four starts, all of them quality starts, while being dominating in the two starts that were shown before a national audience. Like Moyer, he plans to win his thirteenth start, while trying to win his third straight start in the national spotlight. The Mets will counter with Johan Santana (12-7, 2.71), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 1, as he went six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. In his last start against the Phillies on August 27 he, like Martinez, would leave the game early, receiving a no-decision as he went only six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Mets’ 6-3 come from behind win. His record against the Phillies in four previous starts is 1-0 with three no-decisions. He will be trying for his second win against the Phillies while trying to keep the Phillies’ offense quiet.

The Phillies’ batters will once again try to remain patient against both Martinez and Santana, forcing them into enough deep counts so that both men will have to leave their games early and will then try to dismantle the Mets’ bullpen. At the same time, the Phillies’ starters will try to pitch long enough into the game so that they will give the bullpen a much needed rest, while hoping that the deep end of the pen won’t create another eighth inning fiasco.

The Phillies trail the Mets by two games as they go into the double header tomorrow while they presently lead the Marlins by five games as the fish prepares to meet the Cardinals later tonight. In the wild card race, the Phillies now trail the slumping Brewers by four games, while they are ahead of the Cardinals by two, the Astros by three and the Marlins by five games. The Phillies hope to come back home trailing the Mets by no worst than two games, if not in fact tied for first place, before they face the Marlins for three games and the Brewers for four.