J.D. Durbin will be the Phillies starter for the first game of Friday’s day-night double-header against the Mets. The righty is 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts for AAA Ottawa. In 133 career Minor League games, Durbin has gone 49-27 with a 3.28 ERA. He has appeared in five Major League games – Twins in 2004 and D’backs this season – leaving him with a 0-1 record and 14.63 ERA.
A lot will be riding on the outcome of this game as the 25-year old goes for his first win. Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro are scrambling to find some new pitching; but a good outing by Durbin could relieve some of the pressure – maybe long enough to allow Myers to return. The Phils lucked out with Kyle Kendrick, who got the win in last night, but it’s unlikely lightning will strike twice on the mound at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. The team will still have to make a deal, if not for Buehrle, perhaps then for his teammate Jose Contreras.
One thing is for sure, two legitimate starters take to the hill tonight in the second game of the series with the Reds: Jamie Moyer (7-5) and Adam Harang (8-2). The Phillies have batted .361 against Harang in the last three season.