Left-handers Jamie Moyer and David Purcey clash when the Phillies and Jays resume their non-conference rivalry tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
This on-going series with Toronto is intended to remind us of the 1993 World Series, but instead, reminds me of June of 2006, a time when the Phils were spiraling out of control and reliever Aaron Fultz made that spot start for the Phils up in Toronto. A month later, the Phils would throw in the towel and raffle off select parts. Ah ... memories.
Nearly two years and a playoff appearance later, they’re in better shape. At 23-19, they trail the Marlins by a game in a soft NL East, facing no significant injuries or insurmountable adversity. The biggest question may be their starting pitching. One concern is whether Jamie Moyer can give them the kind of season they need through September. The ancient left-hander tries to rebound from his worst start of the season against southpaw David Purcey. Purcey, a 2004 first-round pick, is making just his second start of the season for Toronto.
Lefty mania: This will be the fifth-consecutive left-handed starter the Phils have drawn, and they’ve faced a number of them this season already. Geoff Jenkins, who’s out of the lineup again, must be having second thoughts about signing here. [Live Boxscore]