The Phillies open a huge three-game series in Queens tonight against the Mets.
Blanton Debut: Tonight is the debut of Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton, who went 5-12 for the Athletics this season. He was acquired in a trade for Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matt Spencer.
Johan: Mets ace Johan Santana makes his third start against the Phils this season. Against them he is 1-0 and has pitched strongly both times. Last time out he was pulled after seven innings, and the Mets promptly lost the game.
O Bother: Sunday the Phillies were shut down by Marlins pitching after the opening innings. They lost 3-2.
First Place: It’s on the line tonight.
Phillies: Joe Blanton (5-12) 4.96 ERA
Mets: Johan Santana (8-7) 3.10 ERA
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EST
Weather: 82, mostly cloudy
Your gameday beer: In honor of Blanton’s debut, I’m going with something heavy. A stout. The old traditional Irish dry stout, Guinness. Good with hearty meals such as beef stew, it’s a slow drinker that adds a couple pounds to you when finished. You feel very Blantonesque when you’re done. Go get ’em, Joe.