New York Mets (10-12) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-10)
Oliver Perez (1-2, 9.31 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.09 ERA)
Time: 3:40 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.
Weather: Rain, 64
Twitter: Phillies Nation
Last night the Mets and Phillies met for the first time in 2009, and New York won battle one behind solid-enough pitching from Mike Pelfrey and an offensive attack that easily defeated Chan Ho Park. Once again, the veteran will be asked to stem the tide.
Jamie Moyer is searching for his fourth win of the season, which would lead the team; bigger picture: 250th career win, which would put him somewhere between Three Fingers Magee and Loopy Louie Sanders (actually Vic Willis and Bob Gibson). He’ll go up against Oliver Perez. The evil one has been out for the Mets this season; manager Jerry Manuel says Perez has one more chance to right his wrongs. That chance is today — time to bash him in.
You would think Phillie hitters have hit the lefty Perez well. Ugh. Ryan Howard is .091. Chase Utley is .188. Pedro Feliz is .000 (14 at bats). On the plus side, Shane Victorino is .313 and Eric Bruntlett is .444. So there’s that.
Luckily the Mets have been almost as bad against Moyer. In 33 at bats, Carlos Beltran is .121. But David Wright is .400 in 35 at bats.
With Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey and JA Happ getting in work yesterday, look for Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson to see time today.
Tim’s at the ballpark for this one.
Your gameday beer: Big thanks to my boys at the Grey Lodge Friday for a fine night of Phils and Pils. One beer they had on tap: Unearth, the Imperial India Pale Ale from Southern Tier. This strong, wood-flavored beer has a mystique. It’s bitter like any other IPA, but the taste doesn’t linger. It merely fades off quickly, leaving you with a strong buzz that’s marked by it’s alcohol by volume: 11 percent. Very delicious. Munch on some fritters with this baby.