Wednesday- 7/23Scouting Report:
Phillies: Blanton will have some extended rest when he makes his debut with the Phillies on Tuesday. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched since July 9, when he got shelled for six runs off nine hits in six innings against the Mariners. Blanton was scheduled to start on Friday with the Athletics, but after the trade, the Phillies moved him back to his next scheduled outing. The fifth-year pitcher will be debuting against a Mets team he has had great success against in the past. In two previous starts against New York, Blanton has thrown 15 shutout innings.
Mets: Santana, often hurt by home runs, surrendered consecutive home runs along with a single, double, and triple in one grotesque inning, the fourth, against the Reds Thursday. He allowed five runs, equaling the most he allowed in any start this season, but for the first time, all five runs were earned. He threw 92 pitches on a warm night. With an off-day Monday, he should be fully rested for the Phillies. He has allowed five runs and no walks and struck out 16 in 15 innings in two starts -- a victory and a no-decision -- against the Phillies this year.
Thursday- 7/24Scouting Report:
Phillies: Myers will make his return to the Phillies' rotation in the pressure-filled atmosphere of Shea Stadium. Myers was optioned to the Minor Leagues last month to rediscover his fastball and swagger, which the righty feels he's accomplished. He made four starts at three levels, with positive results. He has not faced the Mets this season.
Mets: With his loss to the Reds on Friday, Maine has gone four starts without a victory -- he had lost twice -- and he has pitched merely 19 innings in the process. He has been neither effective nor particularly lucky. Maine's two starts against the Phillies this season have produced modest performances and no decisions, but each was a part of a Mets victory. His career numbers against them before this season include a 4-0 record and 2.13 ERA. And he's been more successful at Shea than he has been elsewhere -- 4-1 in nine starts -- this year.
Phillies: Moyer is coming off another masterful outing against the Marlins, as he limited them to two runs in six innings. The 45-year-old lefty has been equally impressive against the Mets this season, posting a 3.37 ERA against them in three outings.
Mets: The modest requirements of a quality start suggest Perez pitched well against the Reds Saturday night. He surrendered three runs, two earned, in six innings. But he emerged as the losing pitcher and not only because the Mets' offense fell short behind him. Perez walked successive batters to start the fourth; the first base runner scored. He later surrendered a go-ahead, two-out single to the No. 8 hitter. Facing a batting order with four left-handed hitters, he retired the side in order once. But now he has four straight quality starts -- and a .500 record.