Thursday, September 01, 2005

Brett and Chase beat up Pedro

Phillies starter Brett Myers did his job. Mets starter Pedro Martinez did not.

Struggling to find velocity and home plate, Martinez gave up four home runs, two to Chase Utley and the Phils are alone again on top of the wild-card standings.

So much of September baseball is going to be on the starting pitching and the Phillies need exactly what they got from Myers last night. He can't be the only one to deliver.

"This was a big win," said Charlie Manuel in a gross understatement. "From here on out, they're all big."

It falls to Jon Lieber tonight and the offense that is very inconsistent against left-handed pitching. The Mets will throw future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, who is 2-2 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four starts. In the two losses, the Mets offense failed, scoring a total of two runs. Lieber also is 2-2 in his last four starts, with a 3.76 ERA.

Ryan Howard hits only .139 against lefties and Utley is at .242.

In keeping with my original prediction, the Mets take this one and the Phillies head to Washington still atop the wild-card standings.

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