GAME 1 RECAP:
Mets 2 (75-82)
Phillies 1 (98-58)
WP: Parnell (4-6)
LP: Lidge (0-2)
S: Acosta (3)
HR: Pascucci (1)
RBI: Howard (114), Pascucci (1), Wright (59)
-Phillies have now lost 7 straight for the first time since 2006.
Rain postponed Friday’s game between the Phillies and Mets. For the third time in two weeks, the Phillies will play a doubleheader.
The schedule makers probably thought this would be a great end-of-season series, perhaps one that the Mets might be involved in. Or at the very least, they could play spoiler as the Phillies were looking to secure a spot in the postseason. Neither is true and hasn’t been for quite some time.
In what is the first of six meaningless games for the Phillies (although the final three with the Braves may not be for them), Cole Hamels will take the hill just to stay on his regular throwing program. R.A. Dickey goes for New York, and he has had his fair share of good moments against the Phillies.
Joe Blanton will start game two, but don’t expect to see him very long. Because of Blanton’s injury, there will be quite a few releivers pitching in game two. Blanton will be opposed by Dillon Gee, who was rocked by the Phillies for eight runs in late August.
If anything, just look for the Phillies to put up some sort of fight on offense. Charlie Manuel said he thinks finishing up on the road will burn away all of the complacency they’ve shown. Hope he’s right.
But once again, these games mean NOTHING!
LINEUP: Hunter Pence is not in the lineup for the first game, but he could be in game two’s lineup. He is expected to return Saturday or Sunday.
Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Mayberry RF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Hamels P.
Get ready for some potent porter pungency. Troegs Dead Reckoning is unfiltered and weighs in at 5.8% abv and 53 IBU’s. It features Pilsner, Caramel, Chocolate and Roasted malts along with Chinook and Vanguard hops. Dark, thick, chocolatey; eat it with steak and potatoes and stay inside tonight. It’s raining anyway. -By Pat Gallen