Brett Myers will find out soon enough if time is on his side as he takes the mound for a prime-time game with Atlanta.
I said yesterday that I didn't expect fan reaction to be quite as severe when Brett Myers made his first home start since his June 22 arrest. Today, I can't help but wonder if an 8 p.m. game under the lights won't change that. Stay tuned.
Since the break, the Phils have been playing some pretty good ball. They brushed aside the Braves again last night, improving to 6-1 against their division foes in a 6-5 come from behind win, their second in a row.
In their last nine games, they’re 6-3 and hitting .308. Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 22 games yesterday, which ties Nomar Garciaparra for the second longest streak this season.
In addition, the Phils have rallied for big innings without the long ball, getting surprise production from the bottom of the order, particularly David Bell, who went 4-4 last night.
Myers (6-3, 3.77 ERA) is coming off a very good 7 inning, 2 ER start against San Francisco. He’s pitched better than most seasons at home, going 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA at Citizen's Bank Park. He faces the surprising Chuck James (4-0, 3.72).