Opponents are hitting .357 off Jamie Moyer in the month off August. The 44-year-old left-hander tries to reverse his fortunes when he faces Oliver Perez and the Mets tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
Preview: Moyer (11-10, 5.16) has lasted seven innings only twice since June 5 and is trying to recover from two straight terrible outings, in which he allowed 16 runs, 13 of them earned. On the other side, Oliver Perez (12-8, 3.34) will try for his third-straight win. The twenty-six-year-old lefty finds himself among the league leaders in most of the good categories.
Beerleaguer power rankings (thru Aug. 28):
1. Chase Utley: Triple short of the cycle in return to lineup. Tied for league lead in hitting (.337). Trails only Barry Bonds in RC27 (9.31).
2. Cole Hamels: Since All-Star break: 2.96 ERA; 0.92 WHIP; .199 BAA. His injury flipped Phils from Dodgers-series favorites to underdogs and could still change course of homestand.
3. Jimmy Rollins: Ironman shortstop trails Jose Reyes by two innings for league lead at position (1,161) and is tied with Reyes for second in FPCT (.985). Five triples from a quadruple double (32 2B, 15 3B, 23 HR, 27 SB)
4. Ryan Howard: Rediscovering game-breaking swing just in time for the Mets. Only three strikeouts during homestand should save him from breaking all-time K mark. He has 85 RBIs since coming off the DL.
5. Brett Myers/Pat Burrell: Two new entries to the top five replace Aaron Rowand. Myers has converted each of his last eight save opportunities and ranks fourth among all MLB relievers in SO/9.0 IP with 12.05. Burrell is hitting .362 (55-152) with 12 HR and 39 RBIs in his last 46 games.