Headline: Prize fight in the NL East
The Major Players: Jamie Moyer, Pedro Martinez, Jimmy Rollins, Jose Reyes
The Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
The Number: 0.5 games back (Mets)
First place in the National League East is up for grabs tonight as the Phils and Mets meet in the first of a short two-game swing. The Phillies are coming off a sweep of the Dodgers; the Mets took care of business against Houston.
Vote For Pedro: Since returning to the Phillies from the DL, Pedro Feliz is hitting .357.
Vote For Pedro, Part II: Pedro Martinez gave up two runs off five hits in 5.1 innings against the Phils back in July. If you remember, the Mets broke out off Adam Eaton, but the Phils somehow clawed back before coming up short. Martinez had two strong outings against Pittsburgh, but gave up four Thursday against Atlanta.
Vote For Pedro, Part III: Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano has given up eight hits in 4.1 innings against the Phils this year, for an ERA of 6.23. As always, the Mets bullpen will be highly dissected in this series.
Phillies: Jamie Moyer (11-7) 3.54 ERA
Mets: Pedro Martinez (4-3) 4.97 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 79, partly cloudy
Your gamenight beer: Heavy one tonight. Go with Ipswich Oatmeal Stout. A delicious treat that goes well with any late-night fat-adder. Chocolate? Sure. Even a heavier meat goes good with this. Enjoy your stout slow.