Veteran left-handers take the mound tonight at Shea Stadium as Tom Glavine and the Mets meet Jamie Moyer and the Phillies in a battle of NL East rivals. The action starts at 7:10 p.m.
Preview: This series deserves a nice, long analysis. You'll find one in today's Philadelphia Inquirer and one on Phillyburbs.com. But not here. Over on MetsBlog, I participated in a pre-series Q&A, focusing on the team and the direction they've taken since the last time they met. That direction, of course, is "a little north of nowhere."
The Phillies have a chance to chip away at the Mets' eight-game division lead. Over their last 10 games, they're 6-4, while the rest of the division's teams, including the Phillies, are 5-5. Everyone is hovering.
Glavine (5-3, 3.44 ERA) has faced the Phillies twice this season and won both times. Moyer (5-4, 4.23 ERA) lasted 7 2-3 innings his last start, allowing four runs. Lifetime against the Mets he's 4-3 with a 2.59 ERA in eight contests.
On the injury front, Carlos Beltran returns to the lineup for the first time since Thursday, when he hurt his right knee in a collision with San Francisco's Rich Aurilia. Fellow outfielders Shawn Green and Moises Alou are both out, with Alou due to return this series. For the Phillies, it's taking just a little while longer than expected for Brett Myers to start throwing again.
Game notes, courtesy of MetsBlog: Carlos Delgado is 26-for-60 (.433) with 7 HR and 15 RBI vs. Moyer lifetime. Jimmy Rollins is 24-for-64 (.375) with 6 HR and 13 RBI vs. Glavine, including 2 HR against him on April 12th.
Lineups are set: Pat Burrell bats fifth. Abraham Nunez mans third. Carlos Ruiz receiveth. [Live Boxscore]