The three-game series with the Mets continues tonight when Brett Myers (4-2, 3.44) faces Orlando Hernandez (4-5, 5.48) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils trail the Mets by 7 1/2 games in the NL East.
The Mets are rolling, having won six straight after yesterday’s 9-7 series opener. David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado each homered, but it was the Phillies defense that was talked about most this morning. The Phils committed three errors in a five-run sixth inning to blow it open for New York. Ryan Madson gave up six earned runs in his five innings of work to add to the list of things that went wrong last night.
It's a good time for the Phillies to send out their best pitcher to stop their small skid from turning into a streak. Brett Myers will look to recover from his worst outing of the season, having allowed a season-high six earned runs in Friday's 9-8 loss to Washington. Before that, Myers had strung together 11 consecutive quality starts.
On the other side, El Duque is coming off his first complete game in six years. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA since the Mets acquired him in a May 24 trade with Arizona for reliever Jorge Julio.
Before the game, the Phillies announced that pitcher Julio Santana will miss the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery. Santana has been on the DL since May 13 with right elbow tendinitus.
Randy Wolf is OK after getting hit on his pitching hand with a line drive yesterday. He will have his next rehabilitation start pushed back a day or two, according to an AP report.