Preview: The Phillies' offense has been a Citi Field no-show in four tries this season and were one-hit by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in a 1-0 loss Friday night. With Roy Halladay (14-8, 2.34) scheduled, they should have all the pitching support they'll need, but the bats will need to get past the dreaded unknown quantity in the form of left-hander Pat Misch, making his first Major League appearance this season. First pitch is set for 7:10.
Utley update: Chase Utley is scheduled to begin rehabbing tonight in a game for Class-A Clearwater. CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury writes that Utley is so far ahead of schedule that he could be back in the Phillies’ starting lineup during the 10-game homestand that begins Tuesday. Utley had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 1. He last appeared in a game on June 28.
Transactions: The Phillies signed left-hander Drew Rundle and outfielder Ryne White of the independent Frontier League to minor league deals, according to the latest Baseball America update.
Lack of run support: "In those atrocious outings by Kendrick and Blanton, the Phillies scroed 19 runs over 2 games. In the last 2 starts by Hamels and the last start by Oswalt, the Phillies have 2 runs over 3 games. Baseball is a weird sport." - Fatalotti
Mets fan reaction: "Amazin Avenue calls the game last night the Mets' best game of the year. Somehow if the Phils had won 1-0 I don't think anyone would say it was the best game of the year, so we can giggle about that." - EastFallowfield
Phillies postseason odds: "We have six games remaining with the Braves. We just need to stay within two games up to the last two weeks of the season. It is going down to the wire folks." - Billy Mac
The knuckleball: "The knuckleball is the hardest pitch to hit and also the hardest pitch to command. That's why, unless you're a Hall of Famer like Niekro or Wilhelm, few pitchers throw it and those that do are prone to wild performance swings Such as in giving up 6 runs in 3 IP in one start and then 0 runs in 9 IP in another start against the same team 5 days later." - clout
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