Jamie Moyer, who is 5-1 with a 2.50 ERA in eight starts against the NL East, tries to stretch his unbeaten streak to five as the Phillies and Braves conclude their three-game series tonight on ESPN. [Live Boxscore]
Pitching matchup: Buddy Carlyle (7-3, 4.28 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer (10-8, 4.70 ERA). Lineups are set: Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Abraham Nunez line up in the 6-7-8 (yug). The Braves try to wrap up a successful road trip while the Phils take aim at finishing the home stand over .500. Before the series, Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said a 3-3 home stand would be acceptable, but a win tonight would certainly make a huge statement in the NL East. The Phillies are 3 1/2 back of the Mets, who avoided a sweep with a 10-4 win over the Marlins this afternoon. The Braves are 3 back.
Hoping cooler heads would prevail after eight hours sleep, coffee and a round of golf, my desire to see Adam Eaton ousted from the rotation actually grew stronger with the passage of time.