Gameday 2009

Gamenight: Phillies (14-10) At Mets (12-13)

metslogoPhiladelphia Phillies (14-10) at New York Mets (12-13)
Chan Ho Park (0-1, 8.57 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (3-1, 1.10 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field, Queens
Weather: Cloudy, 60
TV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Citi Field welcomes the Phillies.

The spacious, character devoid, stretched-out new home of the Mets has been open for almost a month, and so far it’s chewed up more potential home run balls than the Vault has allowed. That could be trouble for the homer-happy Phillies, but there’s already trouble: The man on the mound tonight.

Johan Santana owns the Phillies (2-0, 2.85 ERA in six starts). He faced them five times last season and gave the Phils fits. Still, a couple hitters can hit him. Ryan Howard is .429 against him with two longballs. Raul Ibanez is .318. Jayson Werth is .313. Still, to beat the Mets at Citi, it’ll mean more small ball than usual.

Chan Ho Park was waxed by the Mets Friday night, and has the opportunity to rebound tonight. He’ll need to – his job might be on the line.

Chase Utley’s status? There are two lineup cards currently out there – one with Utley, one without Utley. We’ll know soon.

Your gamenight beer: I’m thinking we’ll need something strong tonight. So go with Immort Ale from Dogfish Head, our friends from Delaware. Immort Ale is a syrupy-flavored beer that clocks in at 11 pecent alcohol by volume, so drink one at home. Eat something big with this – maybe some steak, rice and bread.

Go Phillies!

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